[Legends] Crosscurrent

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[Legends] Crosscurrent

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Topic consacré au roman Crosscurrent, écrit par Paul S. Kemp !

Il se déroule en l'an 41, entre les séries Legacy of the Force et Fate of the Jedi. Il met en scène Jaden Korr, chevalier Jedi de son état (et héros du jeu vidéo Jedi Knight : Jedi Academy), ainsi que d'autres personnages, entièrement nouveaux.


Synopsis :
An ancient Sith ship hurtles into the future carrying a lethal cargo that could forever destroy Luke Skywalker's hopes for peace.

The Civil War is almost over when Jedi Knight Jaden Korr experiences a Force vision so intense he must act. Enlisting two salvage jocks and their ship, Jaden sets out into space. Someone -- or something -- appears to be in distress.

But what Jaden and his crew find confounds them. A five-thousand-year-old dreadnaught -- bringing with it a full force of Sith and one lone Jedi -- has inadvertently catapulted eons from the past into the present. The ship's weapons may not be cutting-edge, but its cargo, a special ore that makes those who use the dark side nearly invincible, is unsurpassed. The ancient Jedi on board is determined to destroy the Sith. But for Jaden, even more is at stake: for his vision has led him to uncover a potentially indestructible threat to everything the Jedi Order stands for.
Disponible en VO au format paperback, pas de date pour le moment en ce qui concerne la VF.

Dramatis Personae :
Jaden Korr - Jedi Knight (human male)
Kell Douro - assassin/spy (Anzat male)
Khedryn Faal - captain, Junker (Human male)
Marr Idi-Shael - first mate, Junker (Cerean male)
Relin Druur - Jedi master (human male)
Saes Rrogon - Sith Lord; captain, Harbinger (Kaleesh male)
Drev Hassin - Jedi Padawan (Askajian male)

Extrait 1 :
He sped around the planet, outpacing its spin, chasing the day, until he saw the system’s star crest the horizon line.

“Put us in geosynchronous, R-6,” he said, and the droid complied.

Jaden stared out and down the cockpit’s window as the planet rotated into day. Light filled his cockpit, washed over the planet's surface by increments, unveiling a quilt of clouds floating over the red, orange, and tan of vast deserts, the blue smear of an ocean, the spine of a mountain range that ran the length of the main continent. To Jaden, it was like watching the slow reveal of a masterful work of art, a sculpture of earth and water, wondrous in its lonely, whirling trek through the emptiness of space. He always tried to see a starcrest from orbit before setting foot on a planet. He wasn’t sure why – maybe he wanted to see every world in its best light before putting down on its surface.

Unbidden, he recalled a starcrest over Corellia that he’d seen from a viewport aboard Centerpoint Station as he and his strike force had moved through the metal maze of its corridors.

He dismissed the memory quickly, pained by the realization that his actions on Centerpoint had polluted even this, one of the small pleasures he had long enjoyed.
Extrait 2 :
Darkness plagued Jaden, the lightless ink of a singularity. He was falling, falling forever. His stomach crawled up his throat, crowding out whatever scream he might have uttered.

He still felt the Force around him, within him, but only thickly, only attenuated, as if his sensitivity were numbed.

He hit unseen ground with a grunt and fell to all fours. Snow crunched under his palms and boots. Gusts of freezing wind rifled his robes to stab at his skin. Ice borne by the wind peppered his face and rimed his beard. He still could see nothing in the pitch. He stood, shaky, shaking, freezing.

“Where is this place?” he called. The darkness was so deep he could not see his frozen breath. His voice sounded small in the void. “R-6?”

No response.


Odd, he thought, that the first thing he called for in an uncertain situation was his droid rather than a fellow Jedi.

He reached for the familiar heft of his primary lightsaber, found its belt clip empty. He reached around to the small of his back for his secondary saber – the crude but effective weapon he had built as a boy on Coruscant without any training in the Force – and found it gone, too. His blaster was not in his thigh holster. No glowrod in his pocket.

He was cold, alone, unequipped, blind in the darkness.

What had happened? He remembered nothing.

Drawing his robes tightly about him to ward off the wind, he focused his hearing, but heard nothing over the wind except the gong of his heartbeat in his ears. With difficulty, he reached out with his Force Sense through the fog of his benighted sensitivity, tried to feel the world around him indirectly. Through the dull operation of his expanded consciousness he sensed something….

There were others there with him, out in the darkness.

Several others.

He sharpened his concentration and the tang of the Dark Side teased his perception – Sith.

But not quite Sith, not entirely, the Dark Side adulterated.

He tried to ignore the familiar caress of the Dark Side’s touch. He knew the line between the Light and Dark was as narrow as a vibroblade’s edge. His Master, Kyle Katarn, had taught him as much. Every Jedi walked that edge. Some understood the precipice under their feet, and some did not. And it was the latter who so often fell. But it was the former who so often suffered. Jaden often wished he had remained in ignorance, had stayed the boy on Coruscant for whom the Force had been magic.

Summoned from the past, his Master’s words bounced around his brain: The Force is a tool, Jaden. Sometimes a weapon, sometimes a salve. Dark Side, Light Side, these are distinctions of insignificant difference. Do not fall into the trap of classification. Sentience curses us with a desire to categorize and draw lines, to fear that after this be dragons. But that is illusion. After this is not dragons but more knowledge, deeper understanding. Be at peace with that.

But Jaden never had been at peace with that. He feared he never would. Worse, he feared he never should.

“Show yourselves,” he called into the darkness, and the howling wind was a mouth that devoured his words. He knew the Sith would have sensed his presence, the same as he had sensed theirs.

They were all around him, closing fast. He felt vulnerable, with nothing at his back, unable to see. He sank into the Force and denied his fear.

Finding his calm, he stood in a half-crouch, eyes closed, mind focused, his entire body a coiled spring. Even without his saber, a Dark Side user would find him a formidable foe.

“Jaden,” whispered a voice in his ear, a voice he’d heard before only on vidscreen surveillance.

He spun, whirled, the power of the Force gathered in his hands for a telekinetic blast, and saw…only darkness.


It had been Lumiya’s voice. Hadn’t it? But Lumiya was long dead.

A hand clutched at his robe.

“Jaden,” said another voice, Lassin’s voice.

He used the Force to augment a backward leap, flipping in mid-air, and landed on his feet three meters behind Lassin, a fellow Jedi Knight who should have been dead, who had died soon after the Ragnos crisis. Lassin’s voice unmoored him from his calm and force lightning, blue and baleful, came unbidden and crackled on his fingertips.…

He saw nothing.

The hairs on Jaden’s neck rose. He stared at his hand, the blue discharge of his fingertips. With an effort of will, he quelled it.

“Jaden Korr,” said a voice to his left, Master Solusar’s voice, but Jaden felt not the comforting presence of another Light Side user, only the ominous energy of the Dark Side.

He spun, but saw only darkness.

“What you seek can be found in the black hole on Fhost, Jaden,” said Mara Jade Skywalker, and still Jaden saw nothing, no one.

Mara Jade was dead.

“Who are you?” he called, and the wind answered with ice and screams. “Where am I?”

He reached out again with his Force sense, trying to locate Lumiya, Lassin, Solusar, and Skywaler, but found them gone.

Again, he was alone in the darkness. He was always alone in darkness.

It registered with him then. He was dreaming. The Force was speaking to him. He should have realized it sooner.

The revelation stilled the world. The wind fell silent and the air cleared of ice.

Jaden stood ready, tense.

A distant, sourceless cry sounded, repeated itself, the rhythm regular, the tone mechanical. It could have been coming from the other side of the planet.

“Help us. Help us. Help us. Help us….”

He turned a circle, fists clenched. “Where are you?”

The darkness around him diminished. Pinpoints of light formed in the black vault over him. Stars. He scanned the sky, searching for something familiar. There. He recognized only enough to place the sky somewhere in the Unknown Regions. The dim blue glow of a distant gas giant burned in the black of the sky, its light peeking diffidently through the swirl. Thick rings composed of large and small particles of ice and rock belted the gas giant.

He was on one of the gas giant’s moons.

His eyes adjusted more fully to the dimness and he saw that he stood on a desolate, wind-wracked plain of ice that extended as far as he could see. Snowdrifts as tall as buildings gave the terrain the appearance of a storm-wracked ocean frozen in time. Cracks veined the ice, the circulatory system of a stalled world. Chasms dotted the surface here and there like hungry mouths. Glaciers groaned in the distance, the rumbles of an angry world. He saw no sign of Lumiya or Lassin or any of the others he had sensed. He saw no sign of life anywhere.

His breath formed clouds before his face. His left fist clenched and unclenched reflexively over the void in his palm where his lightsaber should have been.

Without warning, the sky exploded above him with a thunderous boom. A cloud of fire tore through the atmosphere, smearing the sky in smoke and flame. The shriek of stressed metal rolled over Jaden. Ice cracked and groaned on the surface.

Jaden squinted up at the sky, still lit with the afterglow of the destruction, and watched a rain of glowing particulates fall, shower the moon in a hypnotic pattern of falling sparks.

His Force Sense perceived them for what they were – the Dark Side reified. He disengaged his perception too slowly and the impact of so much evil hit him like a punch in the face. He vomited down the front of his robes, fell to the frozen ground, and balled up on the surface of the moon as the full weight of the Dark Side coated him in its essence.

There was nowhere to hide, no shelter, it fell all around him, on him, saturated him….

He woke, sweating and lightheaded, to the sound of speeder and swoop traffic outside his Coruscant apartment. The thump of his heartbeat rattled the bars of his ribcage. In his mind’s eye, he still saw the shower of falling sparks, the rain of evil. He cleared his throat, and the sensors in the room, detecting his wakefulness, turned on dim room lights.

“R-6?” he said.

No response. He sat up, alarmed.


The sound of shouts and screams outside his window caused him to leap from his bed. With a minor exercise of will, he pulled his primary lightsaber to his hand from the side table near his bed and activated it. The green blade pierced the dimness of his room.
Extrait 3 :
The Past: 5,000 years before the Battle of Yavin

The crust of Phaegon III’s largest moon burned, buckled, and crumbled under the onslaught. Sixty-four specially equipped cruisers—little more than planetary-bombardment weapons systems with a bit of starship wrapped around them—flew in a suborbital, longitudinal formation. The sleek silver cruisers, their underbellies aglow in reflected destruction, struck Saes as unexpectedly beautiful. How strange that they could unleash annihilation in such warm, glorious colors.

Plasma beams shrieked from the bow of each cruiser and slammed into the arboreal surface of the moon, shimmering green umbilicals that wrote words of ruin across the surface and saturated the world in fire and pain. Dust and a swirl of thick black smoke churned in the atmosphere as the cruisers methodically vaporized large swaths of the moon’s surface.

The bright light and black smoke of destruction filled Harbinger’s viewscreen, drowning out the orange light of the system’s star. Except for the occasional beep of a droid or a murmured word, the bridge crew sat in silence, their eyes fixed alternately on their instruments and the viewscreen. Background chatter on the many comm channels droned over the various speakers, a serene counterpoint to the chaos of the moon’s death. Saes’s keen olfactory sense caught a whiff of his human crew’s sweat, spiced with the tang of adrenaline.

Watching the cruisers work, watching the moon die, Saes was reminded of the daelfruits he’d enjoyed in his youth. He had spent many afternoons under the sun of his homeworld, peeling away the daelfruit’s coarse, brown rind to get at the core of sweet, pale flesh.

Now he was peeling not a fruit but an entire moon.

The flesh under the rind of the moon’s crust—the Lignan they were mining—would ensure a Sith victory in the battle for Kirrek and improve Saes’s place in the Sith hierarchy. He would not challenge Shar Dakhon immediately, of course. He was still too new to the Sith Order for that. But he would not wait overlong.

Evil roots in unbridled ambition, Relin had told him once.

Saes smiled. What a fool his onetime Master had been. Naga Sadow rewarded ambition.

“Status?” he queried his science droid, 8K6.

The fires in the viewscreen danced on the anthropomorphic droid’s reflective silver surface as it turned from its instrument console to address him.

“Thirty-seven percent of the moon’s crust is destroyed.”

Wirelessly connected to the console’s readout, the droid did not need to glance back for an update on the information as the cruisers continued their work.

“Thirty-eight percent. Thirty-nine.”

Saes nodded, turned his attention back to the viewscreen. The droid fell silent.

Despite Harbinger’s distance from the surface, the Force carried back to Saes the terror of the pre-sentient primates that populated the moon’s surface. Saes imagined the small creatures fleeing through the trees, screeching, relentlessly pursued by, and inevitably consumed in, fire. They numbered in the hundreds of thousands. Their fear caressed his mind, as faint, fleeting, and pleasing as morning fog.

His fellow Sith on Harbinger and Omen would be feeling the same thing as the genocide progressed to its inexorable conclusion. Perhaps even the Massassi aboard each ship would, in their dim way, perceive the ripples in the Force.

Long ago, when Saes had been a Jedi, before he had come to understand the dark side, such wholesale destruction of life might have struck him as wrong. He knew better now. There was no absolute right and wrong. There was only power. And those who wielded it defined right and wrong for themselves. That realization was the freedom offered by the dark side and the reason the Jedi would fall, first at Kirrek, then at Coruscant, then all over the galaxy.

“Temperature in the wake?” he asked.

The science droid consulted the sensor data on its compscreen. “Within the tolerance of the harvester droids.”

Saes watched the cruisers slide through the atmosphere and light the moon on fire. He turned in his command chair to face his second in command, Los Dor. Dor’s mottled, deep red skin looked nearly black in the dim light of the bridge. His yellow eyes mirrored the moon’s fires. He never seemed to look up into Saes’s eyes, instead focusing his gaze on the twin horns that jutted from the sides of Saes’s jaw.

Saes knew Dor was as much a spy for Naga Sadow as he was an ostensible aide to himself. Among other things, Dor was there to ensure that Saes returned the Lignan—all of the Lignan—to Sadow’s forces at Primus Goluud.

The tentacles on Dor’s face quivered, and the cartilaginous ridges over his eyes rose in a question.

“Give the order to launch the harvester droids, Colonel,” Saes said to him. “Harbinger’s and Omen’s.”

“Yes, Captain,” Dor responded. He turned to his console and transmitted the order to both ships.

The honorific Captain still struck Saes’s hearing oddly. He was accustomed to leading hunting parties as a First, not ships as a Captain.

In moments hundreds of cylindrical pods streaked out of Harbinger’s launching bay, and hundreds more flew from her sister ship, Omen, all of them streaking across the viewscreen. They hit the atmosphere and spat lines of fire as they descended. The sight reminded Saes of a pyrotechnic display.

“Harvester droids away,” 8K6 intoned.

“Stay with the droids and magnify,” Saes said.

“Copy,” answered Dor, and nodded at the young human helmsman who controlled the viewscreen.

The harvester droids’ trajectories placed them tens of kilometers behind the destruction wrought by the mining cruisers. Most of them were lost to sight in the smoke, but the helmsman kept the viewscreen’s perspective on a dozen or so that descended through a clear spot in the sky.

“Attrition among the droids upon entry is negligible,” said 8K6. “Point zero three percent.”

The helmsman further magnified the viewscreen again, then again.

Five kilos above the surface, the droids arrested their descent with thrusters, unfolded into their insectoid forms, and gently dropped to the charred, superheated surface. Anti-grav servos and platform pads on their six legs allowed them to walk on the smoking ruin without harm.

“Give me a view from one of the droids.”

“Copy, sir,” said Dor.

The helm worked his console, and half the viewscreen changed to a perspective of a droid’s-eye view of the moon. A murmur ran through the bridge crew, an exhalation of awe. Even 8K6 looked up from the instrumentation.

The voice of Captain Korsin, commander of Harbinger’s sister ship, Omen, broke through the comm chatter and boomed over the bridge speakers.

“That is a sight.”

“It is,” Saes answered.

Smoke rose in wisps from the exposed subcrust. The heat of the plasma beams had turned the charred surface as hard and brittle as glass. Thick cracks and chasms lined the subcrust, veins through which only smoke and ash flowed. Waves of heat rose from the surface, distorting visibility and giving the moon an otherworldly, dream-like feel.

Hundreds of harvester droids dotted the surface, metal flies clinging to the moon’s seared corpse. Walking in their awkward, insectoid manner, they arranged themselves into orderly rows, their high-pitched droidspeak mere chatter in the background.

“Sensors activating,” intoned 8K6.

As one, long metal proboscises extended from each of the droids’ faces. They ambled along in the wake of the destruction, waving their proboscises over the surface like dowsing rods, fishing the subsurface for the telltale molecular signature of Lignan.

Thinking of the Lignan, Saes licked his lips, tasted a faint flavor of phosphorous. He had handled a small Lignan crystal years before and still remembered the charge he had felt while holding it. His connection with that crystal had been the first sign of his affinity for the dark side.

The unusual molecular structure of Lignan attuned it to the dark side and enhanced a Sith’s power when using the Force. The Sith had not been able to locate any significant deposits of the crystals in recent decades—until now, until just before the battle for Kirrek. And it was Saes who had done it.

A few standard months ago, Naga Sadow had charged Saes with locating some deposits of the rare crystal for use in the war. It was a test, Saes knew. And Los Dor, his ostensible aide, was grading him. The Force had given Saes his answer, had brought him eventually, and at the last possible moment before the conflict began, to Phaegon III. The Force had used him as a tool to ensure Sith victory.

The realization warmed him. His scaled skin creaked as he adjusted his weight in his chair.

He would harvest enough Lignan from Phaegon III’s moon to equip almost every Sith Lord and Massassi warrior preparing for the assault on Kirrek. If he’d had more time, he could have mined the moon in a more methodical, less destructive fashion. But he did not have time, and Sadow would not tolerate delay.

So Saes had created his own right and wrong, and the primates and other life-forms on Phaegon III’s moon had died for it.

He tapped his forefinger on his lightsaber hilt—its curved form reminiscent of a claw—impatient to see the results of the droids’ sensor scans. He leaned forward in his chair when an excited beep announced the first discovery of a Lignan signature. Another joined it. Another. He shared a look with Dor and could not tell from the fix of Dor’s mouth, partially masked as it was by a beard of tentacles, if his colonel was pleased or displeased.

“There it is, Saes,” said Korsin from Omen. “We’ve done it.”
Extrait 4 :
The Past: 5,000 Years Before the Battle of Yavin

Relin and Drev sat in pensive silence as their Infiltrator streaked through the churning blue tunnel of hyperspace. They watched their instrumentation intently, hoping for the telltale beep denoting detection of the hyperspace beacon secreted aboard Harbinger. Lingering silence would mean they'd lost Saes.

"Scanners functioning normally," Drev said. After a sidelong glance at Relin, he began to hum, a free-form, lively tune from his homeworld.

"Must you?" Relin asked, smiling despite himself as he adjusted the instrumentation.

"Yes," said Drev, also smiling, but without looking up from his instruments. "I must."

Relin admired his Padawan's ability to find joy in everything he did, though Relin thought -- and taught -- that it was more important to maintain emotional evenness. Extremes of emotion could lead to the dark side.

Still, he wondered sometimes if Drev was the only one doing the learning in their relationship. It seemed Relin smiled only when in Drev's presence. Saes's betrayal had cut the mirth out of him as skillfully as a surgeon.

Drev tapped the scanner screen with a thick finger."Come out, come out, whither you hide."

Presently, the scanner picked up a faint signal. Relin and Drev exhaled as one and leaned forward in their seats.

Drev chuckled and put a finger on the scanner screen. "There. They did it."

Relin let the navicomp digest the scanner's input and cross-referenced the coordinates. "The Phaegon system."

Without waiting for instruction, Drev pulled up the onboard computer's information on the system.

"There's nothing there," Drev said, eyeing the readout.

"What is he doing?"

"Still looking, maybe," Relin said, and took the controls. "We will know soon enough."

The signal grew in strength as the Infiltrator hurtled through hyperspace.

"He's deep in-system," Relin said. "We emerge ten light-seconds out."

Drev nodded and input the commands into the navicomp.

"The system has four planets, each with multiple moons. An asteroid belt divides the third from the fourth."

"Use it as cover until we understand what Saes is doing."

"Deactivating the hyperdrive in five, four . . ."

"Activating signature scrambler and baffles," Relin said. At the same moment, he used the Force to mask his and Drev's Force signatures, lest Saes perceive their arrival.

". . . two, one," Drev said, and deactivated the hyperdrive.

The blue tunnel of hyperspace gave way to the black void of stars, planets, and asteroids.

Instantly a wave of dark side energy, raw and jagged, saturated the ship. Unready for the assault, Relin lost his breath, turned dizzy. Drev groaned, lurched back in his seat as if struck, then vomited down the front of his robes.

"Where is that coming from?" Relin said between gritted teeth.

Drev shook his head, still heaving. He reached for the scanner console.

"Leave it," Relin said, and adjusted the scanners himself.

They showed nothing nearby but the spinning chaos of the asteroid belt, and Phaegon III and its many moons.

Relin took a moment to clear his head, then drew on the Force to shield them from the ambient dark side energy.

With his defenses in place, he felt the energy as only a soft, unpleasant pressure in his mind, incessant raindrops thumping against his skull, but it no longer affected his senses.

"All right?" he asked Drev.

Drev cleared his throat, eyed his flight suit and robes in embarrassment. "I am all right. Apologies, Master."

Relin waved away the apology. He had been unprepared, too.

"My meal tasted better the first time," Drev said, smiling, his cheeks bright red.

"Smelled better, too," Relin said, chuckling as he pored over the scanner's output.

"So, it's vomit that looses your sense of humor," Drev said. He stripped off his robe, balled it up, and retook his seat. He took a gulp of a flavored protein drink in a plastic pouch, swished it around his mouth. "I will keep that in mind. Maybe scatological humor will amuse you also?"

Relin only half smiled. His mind was on their situation.

What had they stumbled onto? He had never before experienced such a wash of pure dark side energy. Whatever Saes had been searching for, he must have found it in the Phaegon system. Drev must have sensed his seriousness.

"What do you make of it?" Drev asked. "A dark side weapon? A Sith artifact maybe?"

Relin shook his head. The energy was not intense, simply widespread. "We will soon know."

He engaged the ion drive and started to take them into the asteroid belt, but thought better of it. He took his hands from the controls.

"Take us in, Drev," he said.

He felt his Padawan's eyes on him. "Into the belt?"

Relin nodded. The Infiltrator's sensor scrambler and the churn of the asteroid belt would foil any Sith scanners.

"Are you certain, Master?"

"Still your mind," he said to his Padawan. "Feel the Force, trust it."

Drev was one of the best raw pilots in the Order. With time and training in the use of the Force, he would become one of the Jedi's finest.

"Take us in," Relin repeated. Drev stared out of the cockpit, at the ocean of whirling rocks. He paused for a long, calming breath, then took the controls and piloted the Infiltrator into the asteroid belt.

He accelerated without hesitation and the ship darted through the field of slowly spinning rock, diving, ascending, rolling. Pitted stones flashed on the viewscreen for a moment, vanished as Drev cruised under them, over them, around them. One of the Infiltrator's wings caught an oblong asteroid and the ship lurched, started to spin.

"Master -- "

"Calm, Drev," Relin said, and his Padawan zagged out of the way of another asteroid as he righted the starfighter.

"Well done, Padawan," Relin said. "Well done."

A smile split Drev's face as he continued through the belt.

Relin monitored the sensors. "There is an asteroid on the edge of the belt, more than ten kilometers in diameter, in a very slow spin."

"I see it."

"Set us down there but stay powered up. Let us see what we see."

Drev maneuvered them over the asteroid and set down the Infiltrator. Phaegon III loomed large in their viewscreen against a backdrop of stars.

Drev was still smiling. Relin chose to ignore his Padawan's emotional high.

"Give me a heads-up display and magnify."

A HUD appeared off center in the cockpit window. Drev input a few commands and magnified the image.

Plumes of smoke spiraled from the charred surface of one of Phaegon III's small moons. Saes's dreadnought and its sister ship hung like carrion birds in low orbit over the moon's corpse. A steady stream of transports moved between the moon's surface and the belly-slung landing bays of the two Sith ships.

Drev lost his smile as he worked the scanners. "That is not -- how can -- ? Master, that moon should be covered in vegetation." He looked up from his scan. "And life."

Relin felt his Padawan's anger over the destruction. He knew where anger led. The young man moved from joy to rage as if his emotions were on a pendulum.

"Stay focused on our task, Drev. The scope of the matter cannot affect your thinking. Do not let anger cloud your mind."

Drev stared at him as if he were something appalling he'd found on the bottom of his boot. "The matter? It is not a mere matter. They incinerated an entire moon! It is an atrocity."

Relin nodded. "The word fits. But you are a Jedi. Master your emotions. Especially now. Especially now, Padawan."

Drev stared at him a moment longer before turning back to the scanners. When he spoke, his voice was stiff. "There are hundreds of mining droids on the moon."

More to himself than Drev, Relin said, "Saes incinerated the crust, then loosed the mining droids." He focused his Force sense on the transports and their cargo. Though he had been ready, the dark side backlash elicited a gasp and set him backward in his chair.

"It is the cargo."

"The cargo? What did he pull out of that moon?"

Relin shook his head as he took the controls. "I do not know. An ore of some kind, something attuned to the dark side." Relin knew of such things. "Whatever it is, it is powerful. Maybe powerful enough to determine the outcome of the assault on Kirrek. That's what Saes has been searching for, and that is why Sadow delayed his assault. We cannot allow it to get out of the system."

"You have a plan, I trust," Drev said, not so much a question as an assertion.

"We take those dreadnoughts out of the sky. Or at least keep them here."

Drev licked his lips, no doubt pondering the relative sizes of the Infiltrator and the dreadnoughts, not unlike the relative difference between a bloodfly and a rancor. "How?"

Relin lifted the Infiltrator off the asteroid and flew it into open space. "I'm going aboard. Saes and I should get reacquainted."

He expected at least a chuckle from his Padawan, but Drev did not so much as smile. He stared out the viewscreen at the dead moon, at the Sith ships, his lips fixed in a hard line.

Relin put a hand on his Padawan's shoulder and unharnessed himself from his seat.

"You have the controls. The scrambler and baffles will not keep us invisible for long. I just need a little time."

Drev nodded as the Infiltrator sped toward the dreadnoughts. "You will have it. You'll try to board a transport?"

"That is what I am thinking," Relin answered as he moved to the cramped rear compartment of the Infiltrator. Rapidly he peeled off his robes and donned a vac-ready flexsuit, formulating the details of a plan as he went.

The ryon shell of the suit, lined with a flexible, titanium mesh as fine as hair, felt like a second skin. He checked the oxygen supply and the batteries and found them both full. He slipped the power pack harness over his shoulders, around his abdomen, and clipped it in place. The power umbilical fed into the suit's abdominal jack with a satisfying click, and the suit hummed to life. The energy running through the mesh hardened the suit slightly and caused Relin's skin to tingle. He put the hinged helmet in place over his head and an electromagnetic seal fixed it to the neck ring, rendering the zipper and power jack airtight.

The suit ran a diagnostic, and Relin watched the results in the helmet's HUD. His breathing sounded loud in the drum of the transparisteel and plastic helmet. He activated the comlink.


"Clear," said Drev, his voice like a concert inside the helmet.

The diagnostic came back clean.

"Suit is live and sealed," Relin said.

"We remain unnoticed," Drev said, his tone sharp, serious. "For now."

While Relin had been trying to encourage seriousness in his Padawan for months, at the moment he regretted the turn of Drev's mood. He missed his Padawan's mirth in the face of danger. To craft Drev into a Jedi, it seemed that Relin would have to turn him into something other than Drev.

"How close?" Relin said. He slipped a dozen mag-grenades and a variety of other equipment into one of the suit's ample thigh pockets, then strapped a blaster pistol to his belt, beside his lightsaber and its power pack.

"Twenty thousand kilometers and closing fast," Drev said. A hitch in his voice told Relin something was wrong. "That moon. Master, it's a ruin."

"I know," Relin said. "That is what Sith do. They destroy. They take. That is all the dark side can offer. Now focus, Padawan. Match vectors with the nearest transport returning to Harbinger, but only for a moment. I will board it, and that will get me into one of the dreadnought's landing bays." He considered the grenades in his pockets. "From there, I'll see what I can do."

For a time, Drev said nothing, then, "Are you sure this is the way, Master? If you succeed, that takes care of only one of the dreadnoughts."

"That we may not accomplish everything is no reason to do nothing. We cannot let that cargo get to Kirrek. Or at least not all of it. We stop what we can here, doing whatever we must. If I destroy or disable the first ship, we'll figure out a way to do the same to the other."


"Entering the air lock," Relin said. He opened the interior air lock door, stepped inside, and closed it behind him. He disengaged the safety and pressed the button to open the exterior door. A red light flashed for three seconds to indicate the pending evacuation. Relin held the safety bar as the hatch slid open and the air rushed out into space.

"Coming up on the transport now, Master."

Relin moved to the open hatch as Drev eased the Infiltrator over the transport and matched its course and speed as best he could. The awkward transport was a flying storage crate, a gray wedge of a hold with a transparisteel bubble cockpit tacked on to its underside. Like all Sith ships, it still managed to look like a flying blade.

Dark side energy leaked from its cargo hold in palpable waves, making Relin temporarily dizzy.


They would be spotted in moments. He had to move.

"Have you ever gone angling, Drev?" Relin asked.


"Fishing. You know."

"No, Master. I have not."

Relin tried to smile, failed. At that moment, he would have paid a thousand credits to hear Drev's laugh. "Neither have I."

"May the Force be with you, Master."

Relin picked a spot on the spine of the transport, closed his eyes, felt the Force. His mastery of the telekinetic use of the Force was not advanced enough to pull a moving ship to him, but that was not what he intended to do.

"A scanner has picked up our ship," Drev said, tension in his voice.

"Our usual encrypted channel, Drev. And minimal chatter."

"Yes, Master. And . . . don't miss," Drev said, and chuckled.

Smiling, Relin reached out with the Force, took mental hold of the Sith transport, and leapt out of the Infiltrator into open space.

"I am clear," he said, and Drev peeled off.

* * *

The Present: 41.5 Years After the Battle of Yavin

The screams from outside Jaden's window turned to laughter as an open-top speeder streaked past. He heard music booming from the speeder's speakers. The sounds faded as it flew away.

It took a moment for him to understand what had occurred.

Adolescents, he realized. Probably on a late-night thrill ride. Mo< "Stang," he whispered, but he did not deactivate his lightsaber. Its hum filled the room, a comforting sound. The images from the vision remained sharp in his mind.

The whir of R6's servos announced the droid's entrance into the room. Seeing Jaden standing in his nightclothes with his lightsaber burning, R6 cut short his beeped greeting to whistle a concerned question. Jaden did not fully understand droidspeak, but he usually got the gist of R6's communications. Or perhaps he assumed R6 said or asked whatever Jaden wished him to say or ask.

"I guess that makes you my confessor," he said to the astromech. "Congratulations."

R6 beeped the question again, and Jaden smiled.

"Nothing. A bad joke. And I am fine. I had an . . . unusual dream."

But Jaden knew it had not been a dream. It had been a Force vision.

R6 hummed understanding and whistled out the first stanza of a lullaby.

Jaden smiled at the droid, though his mind was still on the vision. He had never before had one so vivid.

What had it meant?

Dead Jedi and Sith resurrected, an icy moon in the Unknown Regions, a rain of evil, and the repeated cry for help. He could not make sense of what he had seen, so he tried to recall what he had felt -- the uncomfortably familiar touch of the dark side, his increasingly attenuated connection to the light side, and, bridging the two, his Master's words: the Force is a tool, neither light nor dark.

"How can that be? A tool? Nothing more than that?"

R6 beeped confusion.

Jaden waved a hand distractedly. "It cannot be," he said, answering his own question. The Force had been Jaden's moral compass for decades. Reducing it to a tool, mere potential, left him . . . rudderless. He looked at his hand, the hand from which he had discharged Force lightning.

"There be dragons," he muttered, deactivating his lightsaber.

R6 whirred a question.

"I am trying to discern the vision's meaning, but I am . . . uncertain."

He had been uncertain since the Battle of Centerpoint Station, though he had been struggling with doubt before that. His certainty had been one of the unrecorded casualties of the battle. He had . . . done things he regretted. The Corellians had simply wanted their independence. In hindsight, Jaden saw the whole affair as a political matter unworthy of Jedi involvement. He had killed over politics. The Jedi Order had killed over politics.

Where did that leave them as an Order? How were they different from the Sith? Hadn't they used the light side to engage in morally questionable acts? And where did that leave Jaden? He felt soiled by his participation in the battle.

"Once, we were guardians of the galaxy," he said to R6, and the droid stayed wisely silent.

Now the Jedi seemed guardians of particular politicians. What principles did they stand for anymore?

The Force is only a tool.

He shook his head as he pulled on his robes. The Force had to be more than that. Otherwise he had lived a lie for decades. His lightsaber was a tool. The Force was . . . something more. It had to be.

He feared the Jedi had come to think that because they used the light side of the Force, everything they did must therefore be good. Jaden saw that thinking as flawed, even dangerous.

Since the battle for Centerpoint, he had isolated himself from the Order, from Valin, from Kyle. He felt purposeless and unwelcome. He thought his doubt must be plain to them all. He knew he would be transparent to the Masters. He had no one with whom he could share his thoughts.

"No one but you," he said to R6.

His blaster and the small, one-handed hilt of his second lightsaber lay on his side table. He strapped on a holster, put the blaster to bed in it, and hooked his secondary saber to the clip at the small of his back. He did not know why he kept the old lightsaber, holding it close to him like a good-luck charm. He supposed its blade was the purple tether that connected him to a simpler past. He had crafted the blade when the Force had been nothing to him but a word. He had possessed no wisdom, yet he had utilized the Force to build a blade.

Didn't that mean that Kyle was right, that the Force was simply a tool, free-floating energy for anyone to use, no different from a loaded blaster? He shied away from the notion, because if it were true, then the light and dark side meant nothing in terms of moral and immoral, good and evil.

"I do not accept that," he said to R6. "I cannot."

Help us. Help us. The voice from his vision echoed in his head, reminded him of who and what he was. He had stood on a frozen, dark moon in the Unknown Regions, communed with dead Jedi while evil had rained down, and someone had called to him for help. He would help. He must. Moral clarity lived in aid to others. He grabbed it like a lifeline.

What you seek can be found in the black hole on Fhost.

The words were nonsense. There was no black hole on Fhost or anywhere near it. But he had to learn what the words meant, because that would allow him to find what he sought.

"Arsix, link with the HoloNet."

The droid whistled acquiescence, extended a wireless antenna, and connected.

"Call up mapped or partially mapped sectors in the Unknown Regions," Jaden said.

R6's projector showed three-dimensional images of various sectors in the air between the droid and Jaden. There were only a few. The information was woefully thin.

"Search for any charted system with a gas giant that appears blue to the human eye, ringed, with at least one frozen moon whose atmosphere would support a human."

R6's processors whirred through the information he pulled from the HoloNet. Holographic planets appeared and disappeared so quickly in the space between them that Jaden soon felt dizzy. In a quarter hour, R6 had shuffled through a catalog of thousands of planets. None squared with Jaden's vision. Jaden was unsurprised. Most of the Unknown Regions were unmapped on Galactic Alliance star charts. The Chiss were out there. The remnants of the Yuuzhan Vong were out there. Who knew what else he would find in those uncharted systems?

"An answer, perhaps," he said. But first he had to form the question, first he had to articulate what he sought. He felt the thin edge of a blade under his feet, felt himself wobbling on it. He was off balance.

R6 beeped a query.

The Force had sent Jaden a vision, this he knew. He would follow it.

"Show me Fhost, Arsix."

The images of various systems in the Unknown Regions blinked out, gave way to a magnified image of a dusty world, one half in its sun's light, one half in darkness. He stared at the line separating the two hemispheres.

It looked as thin as thread, as thin as the edge of a blade.

"Info on Fhost," he said, and R6 scrolled a readout of the planet in the air before Jaden's eyes. What little information existed was more than three decades old and came from an Imperial survey team.

Fhost was the only world in the system occupied by sentients, though none was native, and its itinerant population wouldn't have filled a sports stadium on Coruscant.

Its largest population center, Farpoint, had been built on the ruins of a crashed starship of unknown origin. Jaden imagined the place to be a haven for adventurers, criminals, and other undesirables who preferred to live at the edge of known space, all of them crowded into ad hoc shelters built on the bones of a derelict ship.

But Fhost was his only lead. If he credited the Force vision at all -- and how could he not? -- he would have to follow it to his answer.

"Get the Z-Ninety-five ready and prepare a course to Fhost," he said to the droid. He paused, then added, "And do not file a flight plan with the Order."

R6 beeped a mildly alarmed tone.

"Do as I ask, Arsix."

The droid whirred agreement and wheeled out of the room.

Whatever the vision wished to teach him, it would teach to him. He did not want other Jedi involved, did not even want the Order to know where he'd gone.

This was to be his lesson, and his alone. He would find what he sought, get his question answered for himself.

* * *
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Re: Crosscurrent

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Moi-même :
Alors, Crosscurrent... déjà, ils vont en baver pour le traduire ce titre ! Mais sinon je l'ai terminé. C'était globalement vraiment très sympa.

D'abord, Paul Kemp. Eh bien le monsieur est doué, il écrit ma foi plutôt bien (malgré quelques maladresses qui traînent ici ou là dans ses tournures, à mon avis en tout cas) et dispose d'ailleurs d'un vocabulaire je dirais plus riche que certains de ses collègues de la franchise SW. Ca fait plaisir. Clairement, c'est un auteur qui sera le bienvenu pour écrire de nouveau du SW (ce qui est déjà prévu, avec pas moins de deux futures productions à l'horizon).

Le contenu en lui même maintenant. L'histoire. Elle se scinde en deux intrigues finalement assez indépendantes. Il y en a même une troisième si on veut être pointilleux, mais cette dernière ne sert à rien et on s'en passerait volontiers.

La première, la principale, c'est la "mission" de Jaden évidemment. Elle prend de l'épaisseur surtout sur la seconde moitié du roman, et vraiment... elle est particulière. Mais à mon sens réussie. En fait, on ne s'attend vraiment pas à ça, dans un premier temps ça déroute, car le pitch n'en fait pas vraiment état. Au bout d'un moment, ça lorgne même vers le glauque, voire carrément le macabre ! Surprenant, sauf que franchement l'ambiance est assez terrible, c'est prenant et on a du mal à lâcher le bouquin. Et ce n'est jamais vraiment gore, c'est bien, l'atmosphère poisseuse et même malsaine de cette intrigue sur la fin n'en est que plus efficace. En fait, ce n'est pas tant cette ambiance qui pourrait choquer qu'un certain élément de l'intrigue : le croisement (je reste volontairement très vague, de cette manière seuls ceux qui auront lu sauront de quoi je parle). Comme ça, ça semble totalement euh... ouah, c'est quoi ce délire. Oui, mais Kemp est un petit malin et au lieu de tomber bêtement dans l'écueil du ridicule pur et simple, il justifie cet artifice en quelques lignes. En tout cas, donne une explication suffisante pour rendre "crédible" le pourquoi du comment, montrant de ce fait qu'il a quand même pensé aux contre-arguments que l'on pourrait invoquer et qu'il n'est pas parti en live de manière totalement irréfléchie. Bien sûr on pourra toujours dire que c'est un peu léger, mais globalement ça se tient, suffisamment pour apprécier ce qui fait suite à la "révélation". Bref, intrigue vraiment (sur)prenante.

La deuxième, c'était déjà plus attendu, c'est l'arrivée de Sith de l'époque Sadowsienne à l'époque moderne. Là encore, dit comme ça, ça semble davantage relever d'un délire sous substances illicites qu'autre chose... sauf que, comme pour le point déjà mentionné, Kemp s'en sort bien. Car le processus se passe dans des conditions très particulières, avec des protagonistes (Sith) et un élément (minerai) très particuliers, qui fait qu'il reste pour autant dire impossible à reproduire. Autrement dit, ça ne se fait pas comme ça, d'un claquement de doigts, sur un coup de tête de l'auteur. Non, il y a un vrai travail de contexte autour de ça qui fait passer la pilule ma foi plutôt bien. Et fait de cette façon, franchement, bah on a vu bien pire dans l'UE niveau crédibilité, notamment sur certains pouvoirs ou artéfacts liés à la Force qui eux ne disposent pas forcément d'un développement aussi poussé. Bref, c'est bien fait. Si reproche il y a à faire, quoique que seulement partiellement imputable à Kemp, c'est de ne pas avoir assez joué sur le décalage entre les personnages issus d'époques différentes. Partiellement imputable car depuis Kotor, la période -5000 semble vraiment avancée technologiquement (à croire qu'en 5000 ans ils s'en sont tenus à des progrès mineurs). C'est donc déjà le cas habituellement, mais là, vu que les deux époques sont réunies, le paradoxe est encore plus frappant. Et très honnêtement, si manque de crédibilité il y a, c'est à ce niveau bien plus qu'à celui du bond dans le temps. Kemp aurait donc pu jouer davantage avec ça pour compenser ce phénomène dont il n'est pas responsable. Il y a quelques trucs, mais quelque chose de plus poussé aurait été bienvenu. Globalement, passé cette histoire de décalage, ça reste fort sympathique.

Enfin, troisième partie, tout à fait annexe, et heureusement relativement peu présente : Kell Douro l'Anzat. En soi, cette intrigue n'apporte strictement rien... à croire qu'elle faisait parti du cahier des charges et que Kemp ne savait pas quoi en faire. Car le seul intérêt qu'on pourrait lui trouver, c'est son tout début, avec le One Sith. Sauf qu'on s'en fout en fait. Concrètement, le maître mot qui s'impose est : inutilité. De deux choses l'une : soit on le montre et ça sert vraiment l'histoire, soit on s'abstient purement et simplement. Là, on nous le montre, mais cela relève bien plus du fan-service et de l'appel du pied aux lecteurs de Legacy qu'autre chose. Et comme s'en servir de manière développée aurait tendance à faire passer les Jedi pour des guignols de rester aveugles aussi longtemps, ce n'est pas très envisageable. Il ne faut pas qu'ils le montrent de manière extensive voilà tout ! D'ailleurs, il reste encore quelques décennies avant qu'il se révèle au grand jour, alors franchement, y'a le temps de voir venir. Ils veulent en parler dès maintenant pour surfer sur la vague, mais ne peuvent rien en faire de concret, du coup on se limite à du guest-starring. Et faire de ce guest-starring l'UNIQUE intérêt d'une intrigue, aussi annexe soit elle, c'est franchement limite. Non, honnêtement, ils feraient mieux d'éviter d'aborder complètement le sujet aussi tôt. On sait d'entrée de jeu que ça ne mènera à rien, et en plus ça n'ajoute rien de nouveau par rapport à ce qu'on sait déjà. Le mieux serait de laisser ça de côté. Bref, intrigue qui ne sert à rien, fort heureusement elle est bien moins présente que les deux autres.

Sinon niveau persos c'est vraiment réussi. Tous ont plus ou moins déjà du bagage, tous sont quelque part un peu brisés. Pour Jaden Korr, son utilisation est assez surprenante au sens où on est loin du personnage tout de même très lisse du jeu vidéo. Vous me direz, pour un roman, c'est bien la moindre des choses. Sans doute, néanmoins on remarque que ça n'a pas toujours été le cas (l'écriture de Starkiller par Sean Williams, pour ne pas le nommer ? ), donc il faut le souligner. En fait j'en viens à regretter son utilisation en coup de vent dans Abyss par Denning, ça ôte tout doute qu'on peut avoir sur ce qu'il va devenir. D'ailleurs je rementionnerai Denning en conclusion pour faire une petite comparaison. Sinon, le petite troupe hétéroclite fait plasir à voir, Khedryn et Marr en tête. Relin, le Jedi du passé porte également son fardeau et a une vraie évolution sur l'ensemble du bouquin. Non vraiment, sur les persos il n'y a vraiment pas grand chose à redire, c'est franchement bon. Le seul qui fait un peu tâche, c'est l'Anzat Kell Douro, totalement monomaniaque, ce qui le rend inintéressant au possible. Heureusement c'est son intrigue qui est annexe, donc même si par dessus le marché il ne sert à rien, son "temps de présence" est réduit.

Finalement, un des gros points positifs du roman, c'est qu'il est totalement marginal. Il est coupé de tout ce qui est évènements galactiques, malgré une ou deux mentions rapides. Même les Republic Commando ou les Coruscant Nights qui mettent en scène des personnages secondaires restent fortement liés au contexte galactique (guerre des clones/avènement de l'Empire). Ici, tout est possible, tout peut arriver. C'est vraiment très rafraîchissant !

Voilà, c'est donc un bouquin vraiment sympa, les choses qui peuvent sembler un peu space au premier abord passent finalement bien. C'est là que j'en reviens à Denning. Pour comparer à Abyss... ben franchement, y'a pas photo. Kemp écrase Denning, il le bat à plate couture. Je prend cet exemple parce qu'Abyss contient son lot de bizarreries bien tordues à la crédibilité douteuse, pour ne pas dire foireuse. Ce que Kemp a introduit est pourtant potentiellement bien plus casse-gueule ! Sauf que lui prend le temps d'exposer son truc, a pensé à l'étayer d'un contexte ou d'une explication qui le rend consistant. Au final, il est bien plus aisé d'adhérer à Crosscurrent, en ce qui me concerne du moins, qu'à Abyss dans lequel Denning cultive "l'art" du flou, dans lequel il balance ses délires sans rien apporter pour les soutenir. Crosscurrent finit par être bien plus crédible en dépit d'une base a priori plus délicate.

Si j'ai eu un peu de mal à rentrer dedans, les 80 premières pages ne m'ayant pas accroché plus que ça (pas forcément dû au bouquin lui-même mais plutôt au décalage avec ma lecture précédente), à partir du moment où on arrive sur Fhost, j'ai eu bien du mal à poser le bouquin, je l'ai fini très vite. Maintenant, plus qu'à attendre la suite, la fin de Crosscurrent laissant des éléments en suspend !
Benson :
A mon tour de poster mon avis cheers

Tout d'abord... Waw ! Le bouquin tranche vraiment avec ce qui s'est fait jusque là. Je ne sais pas si c'est l'effet one-shot ou si cela vient de l'excellent auteur Paul Kemp (peu être les deux), mais ce livre est vraiment agréable à lire et sort des clous auxquels on était habitués, le tout en positif évidemment Wink

Pour commencer, le scénario, qui est très original en soit et qui prend l'initiative de mettre deux missions en parallèle. Un parallèle qui est, je trouve, bien mieux géré dans le flot de lecture et dans les actions que ce qu'on trouve dans d'autres livres comme l'Héritage de la Force ou Fate of the Jedi : on n'a pas le trop facile "un chapitre ici, un chapitre là", mais on a véritablement un flot de lecture qui nous tient en haleine, sans jamais nous ennuyer. Par exemple, les passages un peu limites niveau intérêt, concernant Kell Douro, sont peu nombreux et très rapidement expédiés, ce qui ne les rend pas ennuyeux. Au niveau des personnages, ils sont très peu nombreux, et on échange ici la quantité pour la qualité : exit le syndrome habituel du "personnage jetable", qu'on créé et qu'on utilise pour le besoin du scénario et qu'on oublie aussi vite. Ici, chaque personnage a sa propre histoire, ses caractéristiques, et même ses tics physiques et verbaux Very Happy Par exemple, Wyyrlok et ses "therefore" (par conséquent) dans presque chacune de ses phrases, Khedryn et son oeil-fou... autant de petits détails qui rendent l'ensemble original et cohérent !

Concernant le style d'écriture, on a aussi une histoire un peu moins édulcorée par rapport aux standards Star Wars : on a des scènes particulièrement gores, où Paul Kemp décrit les scènes de démembrements et de putréfaction avec beaucoup de détails, et les ressentis et effets sur les personnages (je crois que j'ai jamais vu un livre Star Wars avec autant de personnages qui ont la nausée ou qui vomissent ). On a également l'épisode avec Relin, qui plutôt que de nous présenter comme d'habitude un Jedi se sacrifier pour le bien de l'humanité, nous montre la chose d'une bien autre manière avec une chute totale du Côté Obscur. Le résultat est le même, mais pas la forme, et encore une fois c'est vraiment agréable. Bref, le tout est très crédible, très adulte, et c'est un vrai "délice".

Concernant le contenu du scénario en lui-même, le coup du saut dans le temps est vraiment énorme en soit (énorme dans le bon sens Wink), avec un bon clin d'oeil à la Tribu Perdue des Sith au passage, et la quête de Jaden est elle aussi assez intéressante. Je ne m'attendais pas du tout à toute cette histoire de clones Jedi/Sith, et ca a été une bonne surprise. D'ailleurs, pour ceux qui connaissent, ca m'a un peu rappelé un épisode du scénario du jeu Fallout 3, où on doit explorer un ancien abri antiatomique et qu'on tombe sur des clones complètement timbrés. Jusqu'à la fin on se demande ce que Jaden va trouver dans la base secrète. Par contre, un peu déçu de la manière dont ça se termine du côté de Jaden, je m'attendais un à plus gros feu d'artifice... Mais à mon avis ce n'est que partie remise pour le prochain opus Wink Concernant Kell Douro... bah bof... J'ai lu sur un site qui prodiguait des conseils à de jeunes auteurs que si une intrigue pouvait être retirée sans rien changer à l'histoire, alors elle devait ne jamais apparaitre. Je pense que c'est exactement le cas. L'intrigue de Kell n'a aucune incidence sur quoique ce soit. Il n'aide à rien, ne provoque rien, se contente d'attendre la fin pour attaquer... et bien sûr on sait qu'il va échouer. C'est très étonnant d'avoir un tel épisode dans une histoire par ailleurs si bien construite. Je ne serais pas étonné que ce soit un prétexte pour inclure les One Sith, et que la demande vienne d'en haut.

Sinon dans l'ensemble, très très bon bouquin, lu avec un rare plaisir. J'attendrais la suite avec impatience !
Mich :
Avant toute chose, je voudrais dire que j'espère que je ne rencontrerais jamais d'Anzat, ils sont flippants
Alors voilà quoi j'en pense.

Pour l'histoire, j'avais un peu peur car une des choses qui fait que je n'accroche pas du tout aux Star Trek, ce sont tous ces voyages philosophiques dans le temps. Ici, on nous donne une explication scientifique à la SW qui peut être acceptée. Bref ce voyage dans le temps ne m'a pas vraiment gêné surtout que sur plusieurs chapitres, on comprend que le problème va venir de l'hyperespace.
Maintenant Jaden. Si on arrête de se poser la question, pourquoi lui a eu cette vision, comme lui, on veut en savoir plus sur ce qui se passe. Il est perturbé et se pose beaucoup de questions sur son rôle en tant que Jedi dans la Galaxie et surtout sur ses décisions. J'ai trouvé ce personnage assez intéressant.
Puis sur Fhost, et, Han, Chewie et Luke, euh pardon, Khedryn, Marr et Jaden partent à l'aventure.
D'ailleurs, j'ai bien aimé l'alternance des chapitres jusqu'à la réunion des 2 époques.
Ensuite, je ne comprends pas vraiment pourquoi les 2 quêtes ne sont pas tellement imbriquées. Je trouve ça dommage. Après la rencontre entre Jaden et Relin, chacun part de son côté. Point.
Relin : Comme déjà mentionné, son "sacrifice" est intéressant, de même que sa chute, surement grandement aidé par le minéral. Je connaissais, des cristaux qui augmentaient la perseption du pouvoir de la Force mais pas ceux qui ciblent les pouvoirs du côté obscur. Le truc qui m'a fait un peu rire, c'est qu'il se fait démembrer mais ça le gêne pas plus que ça. Tout comme Jaden d'ailleurs, ils y laisse quelques doigts mais c'est cool. Bizarre, mais bon.
La description de la visite du complexe est digne de l'intro de certains films d'horreur.
Et là, je dois dire que j'ai été déçu du pourquoi du complexe. Encore des Clones (Star Wars devient la Saga des Clones). En plus, question : le Jedi ou Sith, c'est pas dans les gênes ? Réponse : En fait, on n'en est pas sur. Bof, bof. En plus, ces clones ont réussi à survivre plus de 30 - 35 ans, ils ont vraiment fait attention sur les réserves.
Concernant l'Anzat, je suis d'accord avec vous, il sert à rien. En plus il meurt facilement et tout content d'avoir entrevu sa destinée. C'est moyen. Cela aurait été bien plus intéressant avec une implication plus forte des Sith de Krayt mais bon ligne éditoriale oblige, l'auteur ne pouvait pas faire grand chose apparemment.
Conclusion : Je suis resté quand-même un peu sur ma fin. Tout n'est pas clair à propos de la vision de Jaden. Pourquoi lui et Krayt. Pourquoi lui entend un appel à l'aide alors qu'ailleurs c'est au contraire, "danger ne pas venir". Les clones Sith/Jedi ne m'ont pas convaincu. Le lien entre le complexe et le voyage dans le temps pas si étroit que ça. Au départ je croyais que la "Force" n'avait pasmis ces incidents au hasard mais finalement on dirait que si.
Mais les persos sont bien développés à part l'autre Anzat là. Le livre se laisse lire facilement et après chaque passage, on a envie de connaitre la suite. Et puis à la fin tous les persos ne s'en sortent pas indemne, surtout physiquement, ça change des happy ends à la gimauve.
Il est vrai que je note surtout ce qui m'a pas plu mais en fait j'ai bien aimé ce roman. Et les bonnes choses ont été détaillées par Jaweco et Benson .Et il me conforte dans le fait que je préfère les one shot ou histoires en 2 - 3 romans que de grandes sagas qui deviennent ennuyeuses.
Notsil :
Lu récemment, et bien contente de voir qu'il y a une suite Smile

Suivre les aventures d'un Jedi "anonyme", ça change, et ça fait du bien. Bon, reste le côté "je suis le seul à pouvoir sauver la galaxie, surtout je ne préviens personne" ^^

Comme vous j'ai eu du mal à voir l'intérêt du 3ème fil avec l'anzati, bon ok il voit Krayt, est-ce que ça aura plus d'impact dans le roman suivant ? A voir...

Le coup du saut dans le temps aurait pu faire peur, mais l'explication tient la route, et l'insertion dans le récit ne m'a pas choquée.

C'est vrai qu'il y a une touche de réel dans ce roman, notamment tous les passages avec les perso malades à voir des gens démembrés (ils ont l'air plus humains ainsi, quelques part).

J'ai pas mal apprécié également l'attitude de Relin, Jedi qui sombre dans le Côté Obscur, et qui en est conscient, qui plus est. Qu'il puise dans le CO et qu'il en pleure, qu'il soit consumé par la rage et la haine, c'était vraiment un chouette personnage Smile

Hâte de retrouver Jaden et ses copains dans la suite :p
"One can concentrate so closely on the words of a sentence that one thereby misses the meaning. As can happen in any area of life. You must never lose focus on the larger landscape." - Commander Mitth'raw'nuruodo, Outbound Flight