The newest Star Wars era, known as The High Republic, has quickly become a fan-favourite. As it’s set many years before the events of the prequel series, fans have praised the interesting storylines. Recently, the last Wave of Phase I ended, and Lucasfilm has been teasing Wave 1 of Phase 2. This included a special preview at San Diego Comic-Con, where Lucasfilm showed off The High Republic Adventures: The Nameless Terror. But who, or what, exactly could that be? Here’s what we know so far.
Previously in The High Republic Phase I
The first time we heard about the Nameless Terror was in The High Republic: The Rising Storm. Cavan Scott wrote this comic book about the Nihil member, Marchion Ro. In this issue, Marchion tried to attack Loden Greatstorm, a Jedi Master, and Bell Zettifar, who was Greatstorm’s Padawan. Marchion used a device called the Great Leveler, causing Loden to die. As such, the Great Leveler terrified the other Jedi Order members, and they were determined to destroy it.
Later, in issue 11 of The High Republic, we got some more details about the Nameless. In this issue, Scott revealed that the Nameless attacked its victims using psychic powers. However, they could only attack one victim each time. Originally, the Nameless tried to vanquish Terec, but, thankfully for Terec, they were a twin. Terec’s twin, Ceret, managed to save their sibling, but at the cost of forcing these two into a coma.
Eventually, Avar Kriss, a Jedi Master, brought the pair back to life in issue 15 of The High Republic. As such, it became clear that the Jedi Order needed to work together to defeat the Nameless. We also learned more about the Nameless in The High Republic: Trail of Shadows. In this issue, one of the scientists for the Nihil stated that the Nameless are called Shrii-Ka-Rai, a kind of creature that the Nihil captured.
Additionally, in The High Republic: Trail of Shadows, the writers suggested that the Jedi had previously dealt with the Nameless. However, they appear to have buried or at least hidden everything they knew about these mysterious creatures. After all, two Jedi members remember an old nursery rhyme that features the Shrii-Ka-Roi. However, in this rhyme, the creatures are just part of a story designed to scare children, like something in a fairy tale.
The Nameless Terror and the Jedi Order
So, it makes sense that the newest miniseries, titled The High Republic: The Nameless Terror, will look at the Order’s previous dealings with these creatures. During San Diego Comic-Con, Lucasfilm showed off several pages from the first issue, which appear to show many Jedi trying to fight against the Nameless.
As such, the fact that they ‘forgot’ about the Nameless seems even more mysterious. Did everyone die on this mission, or was it so horrific that they chose to forget? Perhaps knowing about the Nameless cause more danger than not knowing about them. After all, in Phase I of The High Republic, we saw that knowing information can be a cause of destruction if the wrong people find out. Maybe the Order wiped out their own knowledge to protect future Jedi from dealing with these foes again.
Either way, the Order likely has more information about the Nameless, and we’ll get to see that in The High Republic: The Nameless Terror. This upcoming series will give us plenty of detail about the horror that the Nameless have inflicted on the galaxy before. Naturally, the current High Republic era takes place after The Nameless Terror, so we’ll probably see the difficulties of the Order’s last dealings with the Nameless.
Whatever happened before, we’re super excited to learn more about this unknown threat. The High Republic has given fans a glimpse into a period of Star Wars history that Disney did not touch before. Many of the storylines are richer and more interesting than some of the recent big-screen entries for the series, which have been a little disappointing. We can’t wait to see what’s next!
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