Harnessing the powers of the Dark Side and combing through the texts of six dark lords was no easy task, and the team turned once again to writer Daniel Wallace. Gucci outlet, cheap gucci online, gucci 2012 new arrivals for sale. After studying the ways of the light side of the force, he took a very different approach for this dark side manual. We talked with Wallace about the unique challenges (and fun) of the Dark Side, what Sith are involved, and some of what makes Star Wars so enduring.
Newsarama: Dan, The Jedi Path was quite the undertaking, and the first of its kind, an actual artifact from within the Star Wars universe. How soon after that did you begin work on Book of Sith? Was it "easier" to do having done one similar before?
Daniel Wallace: I don't think we really knew what to expect with the Jedi Path. It wasn't until fans really started to respond positively to it that we decided to explore ideas for a sequel. The obvious thing to do with a follow-up was to go to the dark side, but we weren't sure what Lucasfilm wanted to do so we actually prepared several alternate ideas and luckily we got approval to go with our first choice, a Sith project.
I'd say it was easier for me as a writer to have had the Jedi Path experience under my belt. But the two projects are very different. The Jedi Path was a textbook with students writing in the margins, so on some level there was a mischievous schoolkid vibe to it that was lighthearted and fun. There's nothing lighthearted about Book of Sith, which gets really heavy and evil in some places. Though that was fun in its own way!
Nrama: You "pulled" this info from the texts of six major players in the Dark Side. How were these six Dark Lords chosen, and what makes each of them uniquely important?
Wallace: The Sith have changed a lot. If you're a gamer who likes the Knights of the Old Republic and The Old Republic franchises, the Sith are more like an all-powerful army. In the movies they're much rarer, "always two there are" as Yoda puts it. So when we selected six authors we wanted them to come from different eras and have different things to Gucci bracelet, cheap gucci bracelets for women outlet 2012 say.
Sorzus Syn is one of the Jedi Exiles who are banished to Korriban; she's a spellcaster and alchemist. Darth Malgus is one of the main characters in The Old Republic and is basically a Napoleonic military commander. Darth Bane is the one who created the Rule of Two and is obsessed with personal combat. Mother Talzin is a Nightsister shaman who worships nature's balance. Darth Plagueis is the Emperor's master, and is fixated on the midi-chlorians in a kind of twisted mix of scientific skepticism and Dr. Frankenstein experimentation. And the final author is Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious, who basically sums up all the ways in which the other guys don't know what they're talking about.
Nrama: Mother Talzin is an especially unique character to be included; while she's a force user, and arguably dark side-centric, she's not truly Sith; did that change the way you approached her section?
Wallace: On some level we knew we wanted a character from the Clone Wars animated series. But including Count Dooku, for example, wouldn't have offered anything new that Emperor Palpatine couldn't already do. Mother Talzin gave us the opportunity to have a full-on nature shaman, someone who fully believes in the powers of animal spirits and is interpreting the dark side through a very specific religious lens.
Nrama: What sorts of research did you have to do to find the voice of each Sith? What kind of support did you receive from LucasFilm?
Wallace: Darth Malgus, Mother Talzin, and Darth Plagueis are all involved in current media projects like games, television, and novels, so luckily Lucasfilm was able to provide me with pre-release information on all those projects. But I did a lot of original research too, studying shamanism for Mother Talzin and trying to channel some Leonardo da Vinci for Darth Plagueis. Hopefully they all read as if they have distinct voices, and the book packaging also gives them unique paper styles and cuts, plus unique typefaces and illustration styles.
Nrama: One of the things people really loved about Jedi Path were the additional artifacts within. Tell us a bit about the artifacts we'll find inside the Sith Holocron.
Wallace: Within the pyramidal holocron case are two items -- a Sith talisman resembling the one given to Savage Opress by Mother Talzin in the Clone Wars TV series, and a crimson Sith lightsaber crystal. Tucked into the pages of the book you'll find other goodies like a scrap of an ancient Sith burial shroud with Sith lettering on it, a propaganda poster from Palpatine's new Empire, luxury gucci necklaces 2012 designer style on sale a battle map for Darth Malgus' assault on the Jedi Temple, and an overview of Palpatine's master plan for the Clone Wars.