Django Wexler: Star Wars and the Beginnings of Ashes of the Sun

Its simply among those true things that for lots of, the DNA of Star Wars is in what we do– either because were fans or because its so pervasive, for ill or excellent. Heres one author talking about that extremely thing– Django Wexler!


I have a story in a new Star Wars anthology, and you have no idea how much fanboy-squee that makes me feel.

I state all this due to the fact that this story involves a particular amount of nitpicking, and I desire to make it clear that for an individual like me (that is, a world-building obsessed turbo-nerd) this kind of amazed close analysis is the highest form of affection, rather than trying to put down something I do not like. I can like The Empire Strikes Back with an impassioned passion and also ask importunate concerns like “How did they obtain from Hoth to Bespin if the hyperdrive was broken?”

Seeing this, I could not assist however begin believing– this is creepy as hell?

Okay, so, odd, ideal? In-universe, we have the Force, which makes it all work. Younglings want to become Jedi, and their moms and dads are fine with it, because probably the Force would not permit things to be otherwise. (And perhaps making kids military commanders makes more sense when those kids have provably-correct wonderful insights, in addition to being combat gods.) Once again, this is not a critique of Star Wars, its just the example that gets me thinking as a writer and a world-builder. And it got me asking the concern– what if you didnt have the Force to make things better?

He finished from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in imaginative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research study. Ultimately he moved to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of books.

More specifically, what if you had the magic-powers part of the Force, but not the semi-divine assistance part? In Star Wars, the Jedi are in charge because theyre wise and great, however also, its pretty clear, because no one can stop them. (The SW MMO The Old Republic stories depicted this splendidly on the Empire side– it was clear that nobody thought having a lot of Sith spiritual lunatics running the government was an excellent concept, but because they were also a lot of unstoppable killing device … shrug emoji?) And this, finally, brings us around to Ashes of the Sun.


Gyre is 8 years old, and his sister Maya 5, when a centarch concerns their house and states that Maya has the gift and will be required to sign up with the Order. Maya does not want to go (what five-year-old would, right?) and Gyre attempts to assist her, and gets badly hurt for his problems. The event sets them on opposite courses: twelve years late, Maya is a faithful member of the Order and committed to her coach and pals, while Gyre has actually ended up being a rebel and a burglar, scouring the dark places of the world for prohibited power that will let him withstand the centarchs.

(I discover myself agreeing with the Harry Plinkett review when he states the entire “not permitted to like” thing means they should lose a lot of Jedi teens.).

Vortex hasnt seen his precious sis since their parents offered her to the strange Twilight Order. Now, twelve years after her disappearance, Gyres sole focus is vengeance, and hes ready to risk anything and anyone to claim enough power to ruin the Order.

Clone Wars narrator tells us that the younglings soon understand that the Order is their true family, which sounds extremely like a thing a cult leader would say.

They do not have an all-powerful Force guaranteeing them whatever will come out for the best; deiat doesnt supply assistance, it simply blows things up.

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( As an aside, its not the very first time Ive been inspired by this kind of style. My middle-grade series, The Forbidden Library, came from the observation that Dumbledore sure does spend a great deal of time enabling Harry and his buddies to enter into lethal threat in order to accomplish things that he, Dumbledore, might do quickly and securely. In the books, we rely on Dumbledore because hes both well-meaning and knows whats best, but eliminating this element– what TVTropes calls the Omniscient Morality License– gives us what I described as the Sketchy Dumbledore Scenario, where an old person informs you “Hey, youre a wizard and the Chosen One! Now combat these people I dont like for me.”).

Going after rumors of a legendary city safeguarding an effective artifact, Gyre comes in person with his lost sis. She isnt who she once was. Trained to be a warrior Maya wields magic for the Twilight Orders cause. Basing on opposite sides of a looming civil war, the two siblings will find out that not even the ties of blood will keep them from splitting the world in 2.

( An associated weirdness of Clone Wars is that the enormous authority of the Jedi within the Republic results in situations where fourteen-year-old girls are provided command authority over actually countless soldiers, in addition to the police and other powers they already have. Try to imagine a situation where your local teenager, who was already an FBI Special Agent, was also commissioned a brigadier basic on the spot.).

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(I discover myself agreeing with the Harry Plinkett evaluation when he states the entire “not allowed to love” thing means they must lose a lot of Jedi teens.).

Long earlier, a magical war damaged an empire, and a new one was built in its ashes. However still the old grudges simmer, and 2 siblings will fight on opposite sides to save their world in the start of Django Wexlers new epic dream trilogy.

Its also not completely clear what occurs if the parents arent on board with this. We see some moms and dads who are sad about it, but theyre all eventually convinced. If they werent, though, its not hard to image the kids would be brought along for their own good– the Jedi Order has some unspecified-but-vast legal authority in the Galactic Republic, and a strong interest in making sure Force-sensitives grow up to be Jedi. Clone Wars storyteller tells us that the younglings quickly understand that the Order is their true family, which sounds incredibly like a thing a cult leader would state.

Theres a lot more to Ashes then that, naturally. Like any great story, as soon as I began dealing with it handled a life of its own, and theres a couple of other big threads and themes that got drawn in. The original concept, and the core argument in between these two characters, comes back to my Star Wars thought experiment– if you have individuals who are born with the capacity for great power, can you justify requiring them to use it for the common good? And, if you do, is it reasonable to designate authority based upon what is after all just the luck of the hereditary draw? The Order, in Ashes, would answer yes to both questions, and they might quickly be right; survival is a battle in a world loaded with beasts. Ruling classes– centarch or Jedi– like to build stylish validations for their dominance, when in the end it just comes down to who has the magic swords.

And it got me asking the question– what if you didnt have the Force to make things much better?

The incident sets them on opposite courses: twelve years late, Maya is a devoted member of the Order and devoted to her mentor and friends, while Gyre has ended up being a burglar and a rebel, scouring the dark places of the world for forbidden power that will let him stand up to the centarchs.

They do not have an all-powerful Force guaranteeing them everything will come out for the finest; deiat does not offer guidance, it just blows things up.

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