Is that what Mara Jade 'The Emperor's Hand' was when we first meet her in that series with Admiral Thrawn after episode VI?
Jdid was referencing the part about certain Dark Siders not being Sith. She worked for the Dark Side but she was brainwashed by the Emperor to assasinate Luke Skywalker. We also learned that the Emperor had several Dark Siders who worked for him who were not Sith. During the Dark Empire days (Dark Horse comics had a series called Dark Empire (holla at a scholar if you want a copy or two) we learned that Palpatine really mastered the Force. He was able to transfer power to jedi sensitive adepts who were not that strong. Kam Solusar was a dark sider who worked for the Emperor. Luke was able to turn him back to the light side and currently Kam Solusar is active in the New Jedi Order series (we will be giving spoilers away if we went further). We also learned that Vader has his own Dark Siders as well.
Jdid also asked:
Oh and whats Vaapad did I miss the explaination of this?
fortunately we did go over that. We also gave a link for it. But for more information read Star Wars: Shatterpoint. You will learn more about Windu and his former padawan Depa Billaba who is the only other master of this form.
Jedi create their lightsabers in a way that reflects themselves...yet they frown on ownership (or rather attachment) to the point that they weren't happy that Anakin made so many modifications to his fighter to improve it. It made it more "his" so why wasn't this a big deal with the lightsaber.
A lightsaber, like a samurai's sword, is a an extension of yourself. As a padawan, you have to use to force to create your own lightsaber. Notice, that no lightsaber is the same. A padawan has to gather their own parts and crystals. Many make them with parts they may find in the trash. Where as Anakin's fighter was donated to the Jedi. When he created modifications to HIS OWN fighter, instead of making suggestions to the company to make modifications to ALL of the fighters, he was creating an attachment.
1 Was Count Dooku Darth Sidous's apprentice while Darth Mahl was alive? If not, when did he get his Sith membership?
No, he was not. Darth Maul was taken as an infant by Palpatine and trained in the ways of the Sith. As Jedi Counsular noted, Dooku was never seduced, he chose the path of the Dark Side. All Sidious had to do to Dooku was "reveal" himself (but as we learned in EP III, Dooku was suckered as well, in the book adaptation of EP III and Jedi Rendezvous, you can learn much more about Dooku and his situation). Also this is a timeline issue. From Ep I to Ep II, 10 years pass. From Ep II to Ep III, 3 and a half years pass.
2 Who was the head of the Jedi Council before Yoda?
This has yet to be answered but before the Jedi vs. Sith War, there was no council. In the Old Republic era Jedi Masters usually had more than one padawan and had attachments. The Jedi Council is a very recent thing. We know that started right after the Jedi vs. Sith War and began 1,000 BSW . We know that Yoda is over 800 years old and we don't know when he actually became head of the Jedi Council.
3 How do the Jedi use Shatterpoints?
Only Mace Windu had that gift. We learned that many Jedi get "gifts from the Force." For example, Master Yarell Proof, was a master illusionist. He can take your biggest fear and bring it out. Master Corran Horn, a Correillian, could make illusions as well (Ironically, we learned that his lineage had this power but did not have the power of telekinesis). We also learned that your "gift" is also dependent on what planet you were from. We learn that many force adept Correillians did not have telekinesis. Another example of gifts were Master Saesee Tiin who was a telepath and so was Master Plo Koon. Also Quinlan Vos was a telemetric, where he can "read" objects. Only force sensitive people from Vos' planet had this gift.
What novels can I read that tell the story of Darth Vader directly after Anakin crosses over to the dark side and Jedi fall?
They have not come out yet. You can however purchase comic books from Dark Horse called Vaders Quest (holla at a scholar if you want a copy or two). But some new books are coming out about Vader after Ep III. you can also check out Jude Watson's books on "The Last of the Jedi." It's not about Vader but it does discuss his actions. Also on Starwars.com Hyperspace, there is a comic strip on some padawans who are chased by Vader. We do know that there will be books called "Coruscant Nights" about the Jedi who survived Order 66. We hope this answers your questions. We will be reviewing some of these books on here.
if Dooku is so racist whats he doing working with the trade federation dudes?
Our response From the Ep III book adaptation:
Pg. 51 -- "They wanted a government clear, pure, direct. None of the messy scrabble for the favor for ignorant rabble and subhuman creatures that made up the Republic he so disposed. The government he would serve would be authority personified: human authority. There was no accident that the primary powers of the Confederacy of Independent Systems were Neimodian, Skakoan, Quarren and Aqualish, Muun, and Gossam, Sy Myrthian and Koorivar, and Geonosian. At war's end, the aliens would be crushed, stripped of all they possessed and their systems and their wealth will be given into the hands of the only beings that can be trusted with them, human beings. Dooku will serve an Empire of man. He will serve it as only as he knew as he was born to do. He would smash the Jedi Order, create it anew, not shackled by the corrupt narcisstic, shabby little beings who called themselves politicians, but free to bring true authority and true peace to a new galaxy that badly needed both. An order that would not negotitiate, not mediate. An order that would enforce. The survivors of the Jedi Order would become the Sith Army. The Fist of the Empire."
That sums it up right thur...
Jdid asked: who were these mandalorian army guys.
Our response :
The Mandolarians were a race of warriors from the planet Mandalore who had a strict warrior code. Later on they allowed other races to join their ranks. Their first well known leader was Amandalore. They had several wars against the Jedi often siding with Sith Lords and usurpers to do battle.
BSW , Jasper Mareel was the head of the Mandolarians. He was also Jango Fett's adopted father, remember Jango was an orphan. Mareel was betrayed by someone in his camp. THen Jango Fett assumed the duties of the Amandalore. Many had problems with this because of his age. A team of Jedi lead by Dooku, ironically, defeated many of the last Mandolarians headed by Fett.
Fett was sold into slavery, for the rest you can read Open Seasons, another Dark Horse series. Also read Star Wars Insider (we forgot the number) which gives a timeline of the Mandolarians. Some Dark Horse comics also discuss some of the wars between the Jedi and the Mandolarians. Also read Hard Contact which really gets into the clones and how many mercenaries had respect for Jango Fett.
In Episode II, the cloners on Kamino said that Jedi Master Cypadias was the one who commissioned the army. not questioning your comments on Dooku selecting janga as the template but I was wondering what can you tell me about this jedi master cyphadias
You know just as much as we know. It is spelled Sifo Dyas. We don't know how he was killed but we know he ordered the clone army during the time around Ep I. As usual, more will be revealed in time to all of us. We did figure out that Dooku may have had a hand in his death, but we have not proof of that.
Again thank you for the questions. It keeps us on our time. May the Force be with you all