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New details revealed for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge prequel novel

Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire will reveal how these new parks fit into the canonical universe

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crop from cover of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge — Black Spire Del Rey Books
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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is more than just a pair of ambitious Disney theme park lands. It’s also a new branch of the canonical Star Wars universe. Details on a new novel, titled Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire, tell us for the first time exactly how the Resistance and the First Order arrived on the scene.

Black Spire, just like Disney’s twin theme park expansions, is set during the modern trilogy. Fans have known about its existence since at least January, but now its main character finally has a name.

Meet Resistance spy Vi Moradi:

crop from cover of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge — Black Spire Del Rey Books

The cover shows Moradi to be a dark-skinned woman with blue and black hair. She’s wielding a baton not unlike the one wielded by Jyn Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. On the left breast of her jacket is the unmistakable symbol of the Resistance. She’s shown lurking in the shadows just out of sight of a group heavily armed First Order stormtroopers.

Here’s a synopsis published Friday on the Disney Parks Blog:

In Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire, the story begins with General Leia Organa and her top spy, Vi Moradi. After devastating losses at the hands of the First Order, Organa has dispatched her agents across the galaxy in search of allies, sanctuary, and firepower —and Vi may have just found all three, on a secluded world at the galaxy’s edge.

A planet of lush forests, precarious mountains, and towering, petrified trees, Batuu is on the furthest possible frontier of the galactic map, the last settled world before the mysterious expanse of Wild Space. The rogues, smugglers, and adventurers who eke out a living on the largest settlement on the planet, Black Spire Outpost, are here to avoid prying eyes and unnecessary complications. Vi, a Resistance spy on the run from the First Order, is hardly a welcome guest. And when a shuttle full of stormtroopers lands in her wake, determined to root her out, she has no idea where to find help.

To survive, Vi will have to ingratiate herself to a world that redefines scum and villainy. With the help of a traitorous trooper and her acerbic droid, she begins to gather a colorful band of outcasts and misfits, and embarks on a mission to spark the fire of resistance on Batuu—before the First Order snuffs it out entirely.

In the background are the unmistakable domed towers now under construction in Anaheim, California, and Orlando, Florida. Passing along the street between Moradi and the Stormtroopers is a long-necked ithorian. That’s likely Dok-Ondar, the subject of an upcoming series of Marvel comics also set on the planet Batuu.

Not much is known yet about Dok-Ondar. But we can say that this new novel and a comic book aren’t his only ties to Galaxy’s Edge. He’s also got his own shop currently under construction there, Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, which is expected to be part in-fiction museum and part gift shop. Each will also include an animatronic version of the alien himself.

Black Spire is being written by New York Times best-selling author Delilah S. Dawson. Her previous work includes Star Wars: Phasma, Hit, and the BOOM! Studios comic series Ladycastle and Sparrowhawk. Expect it to arrive on Amazon and at retail on Aug. 27.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens May 31st at Disneyland Park in Anaheim and Aug. 29 at Walt Disney World Resort’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando.

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