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The High Republic may have been delayed a few months, shifting from August 2020 to January 2021, but the anticipation hasn’t reduced one jot and speaking at Comic-Con@Home, author Justina Ireland discussed her entry in the series – The High Republic: A Test of Courage – specifically the lead character Avon Starros, an ancestor of a familiar OT era scoundrel.

“If fans are familiar with Sana Starros, we know she’s the best scoundrel to ever have scoundreled, she has no shame, she’s out there to get what she needs to get, and she’s kinda ruthless. She’s literally my favorite. But The High Republic takes place many hundreds of years earlier before she exists, and so who we’re going to meet instead of Sana is her great, great, many-times-great ancestor — there won’t be a direct relation there because genetics are murky in the Star Wars galaxy.”

“Avon is a 12-year-old girl, she has been sent to the edge of the galaxy by her mother who’s a Republic senator because she’s just trouble. She is a scientist and the only things she wants to know are the answers to the questions that drive her. So, ‘How does the Force work, from a scientific perspective?’ That might be something a scientist would want to know. ‘What happens if you take a khyber crystal out of a lightsaber, what does that look like?’”

Star Wars The High Republic: A Test of Courage
  • Hardcover Book
  • Ireland, Justina (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 256 Pages - 01/05/2021 (Publication Date) - Disney Lucasfilm Press (Publisher)