Brotherhood Continuity Breakdown

The Cato Neimoidian capital city of Zarra serves as the primary setting of the novel. The city was introduced in an online roleplaying adventure from the Wizards of the Coast Dawn of Defiance campaign, while later RPG material established it being the capital. The Defense Legion Ruug served in was first mentioned in the Insider CIS Shadowfeeds. The Neimoidian language Pak Pak and the phrases used throughout the book are taken from Ben Burtt’s Galactic Phrase Book & Travel Guide. The Neimidian fondness for agaric ale is from Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter.

Two of the Jedi present at the ceremony with Anakin at the start of the book are said to be Olana Chion and Siri Tachi. Olana Chion started as a Force sensitive infant named O-Lana in the Jedi Apprentice books; a fan submission to the official website’s Databank established the book character as one of the background Jedi visible in Revenge of the Sith and introduced her full name. The book says she’s a new Jedi Knight just like Anakin, which is consistent with the timeline of her being an infant in the Jedi Apprentice story. Siri Tachi was a main character in those same books as well, and a love interest for Obi-Wan.

The novel draws heavy inspiration in its characterization of Anakin and Obi-Wan from Matthew Stover’s Revenge of the Sith novelization. The Tatooine myth of the sun-dragon and its link to Anakin emotionally is taken directly from that book. Brotherhood further expands on a mention from that book of a mission that once took Obi-Wan and Anakin to a dying star and shook Anakin with the revelation that even stars can die. Palpatine remarks on Mace’s penchant for shatterpoints, which originates from the novel of the same name but was also prominent in the novelization. The book ends with essentially a direct thematic segue into the novelization, including a mention of Anakin’s ‘hero with no fear’ title bestowed on him by the HoloNet.

EK Johnston’s trilogy of Padmé books, especially the most recent Queen’s Hope, tie in with the novel in a handful of ways. Mariek Panaka has a cameo guarding Padmé near the start, and soon after there are mentions of Padmé’s adventure to Hebekrr Minor and Padmé sending Sabé to free slaves on Tatooine. The trans clone Sister introduced in Hope gets a short appearance as well, having been created with the intent to pop up in other stories like this.

Brotherhood also intersects with the upcoming Obi-Wan young adult novel Padawan in a handful of ways. Obi-Wan reflects on how he’s known Dex since a youthful misadventure in the Unknown Regions and later remembers having found hidden Jedi datachips on the planet Lenahra; both of these incidents foreshadow Padawan‘s story. Claudia Gray’s Master & Apprentice novel from a bit later in Obi-Wan’s lifetime is also referenced directly, with Obi-Wan recalling his conflict with Qui-Gon over Czerka and Pijal.

Though the novel primarily bridges the gap between Attack of the Clones and The Clone Wars, it also doesn’t forget the events of Genndy Tartakovsky’s 2D Clone Wars microseries, which took place around this same time. The circumstances differ slightly, but Anakin gifting Padmé his Padawan braid is something he also did in that series. Ki-Adi-Mundi is still nursing scars across his cheek from his duel with General Grievous, depicted in the show’s first season finale. Mace recently stared down an overwhelming wave of super battle droids on Dantooine, shown in a famous episode from the series. Anakin recognizes Ventress’ fanblade fighter and Ventress seems to have some familiarity with him in turn but the book plays coy about whether their fight on Yavin from the series actually occurred.

Anakin stops to talk for a while with Jaro Tapal and his red-haired youngling, whom players of Jedi: Fallen Order will recognize as Cal Kestis himself. Later, an allusion to conflict on Bracca is another reference to the game.

A bouncer droid is said to look a lot like a reconfigured HK assassin unit, the model of droid that HK-47 was in Knights of the Old RepublicThe Mandalorian also recently depicted a later model from the same line. Other references to the game include Obi-Wan recalling a mission to Taris and an appearance from an ancient Dynamic-class freighter, references to one of the game’s primary planets and the model of the Ebon Hawk.

Dex’s waitress droid Wanda delivers food at the diner. She was dubbed WA-7 in Attack of the Clones tie-in materials but the name Wanda was settled on much later during the development of the abandoned animated comedy series Detours; this is the third time it’s seen use in a released product (after the updated Complete Visual Dictionary and LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga) and the first time in a regular story. The food she delivers, Sic-Six-layer cake, was named in the online Hyperspace article Dining at Dex’s as a pun on the Sic-Six species from Galaxy Guide 4.

Dex recalls how Satine used to call Obi-Wan ‘Ben.’ This detail was originally included in the script for “Voyage of Temptation,” but Dave Filoni and Anna Graves decided it didn’t fit. John Jackson Miller’s Kenobi novel brought the detail into storytelling and its inclusion here is done in reference to that book.

Anakin thinks some rusty crates in the underworld could date back to the days of the High Republic. While there, he and Padmé have frozen joral cream, a delicacy from Lando’s Luck. Another reference to The High Republic comes at the end of the book when Mill says she will be accompanying Rig Nema to Valo, the setting of The Rising Storm.

The younglings gossip about Professor Huyang being so old he came to the Jedi in a big blue box thousands of years ago. This isn’t a Star Wars reference but I wanted to note the cute wink to Huyang’s voice actor.

Anakin namedrops the Fire Mountain Rally podrace, one of the circuits that can be done in the game Episode I: Racer.

One of the younglings is a Chalhuddan, from Leia, Princess of Alderaan. Another is a Firrerreo, from The Crystal Star.

A G2 droid has a brief appearance; the model was created for the original Star Tours queue as a repurposing of animatronic geese from an older attraction.

The nyix metal used in shipbuilding that’s found on Langston is from Timothy Zahn’s recent Thrawn novels.

Ketar’s parents attended Coruscant’s Festival of Stars when he was a child. This festival has been a detail on Wookieepedia’s page for Fete Week for more than fifteen years. As best I can trace, it originates from this fan RPG page; while the fan source was removed from the page in 2006, some of the information from it remained unnoticed and eventually ended up in official material (the editor responsible was later blocked from editing for many repeated additions of other fan speculation). The charming fansite and calendar date back even further into the 90s. Personally, I think it earned its place in canon.

Anakin mentions one of the other times he’s saved Obi-Wan’s life involving the Moggonite bounty hunter on Vaced. This is a bit of a layered reference. The Moggonite species was introduced in the first issue of the Tales comic while Vaced was first seen in the Millennium Falcon novel. The Essential Reader’s Companion retconned the scoundrel Big Gizz from the Shadows of the Empire comic into being a Moggonite. Gizz was shown to operate on Vaced in the young readers series The Clone Wars: Secret Missions. Added all together, the implication is Gizz himself once had a deadly run-in with the Jedi, which is cute considering his introductory comic had Gizz trying to kill Luke for Jabba.


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