There's a moment in the latest teaser for Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker that made me sit up and say, "Huh!" At the 1:20 mark, we see a fleet Resistance fighters and large ships leave hyperspace and seconds later we see a huge fleet of star destroyer. It looks like as if the scene is a massive confrontation between the Resistance and the First Order, but if you look closely, something is wrong – something that gives me the mood of one of the earliest stars Gives Wars Novels: Timothy Zahn's Dark Force Rising .
When we see the Star Destroyer fleet ̵
1; dozens of them – they are parked in rows and the lights go out. Moreover, these are not the formidable Star Destroyer stars of the Resurrection class we saw in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi . They look like the classic Imperial Star Destroyer of the Class A New Hope, the Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi – Ships that crashed in the deserts of Jakku have been discontinued in recent years since the Empire fell. Cue the rampant speculation.
The resistance was hit hard at the end of The Last Jedi. The First Order attack decimated the headquarters of D & Qar, and the pursuing forces chased them into space, chasing their ships one after another, until they finally faced a distant world called Crait. While Leia, Poe, Rey, and Finn and a handful of their companions were able to escape, they did not care how long they licked their wounds afterwards and tried to replenish their forces and allies. Subsequent Star Wars novels, Black Spire and Resistance Reborn promise to close the gap between the two films.
This Star Destroyers fleet goes back to another story from the Star Wars universe: Timothy Zahn's famous, beloved and now non-canonical Thrawn trilogy from the early 1990's. Five years after the return of the Jedi the New Republic largely took over the galaxy. But catching up with Galaxis in Empire Legacy our heroes face a sly Grand Admiral who uses his tactical genius to deploy the remaining divided Imperial forces to restore the Empire. The end of Dark Force Rising threatens the location of a lost fleet of Clone Wars-era warships that have been sitting in the depths of space for decades, waiting to be salvaged and deployed. Tilt the scales for both Pages.