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The Illustrated Star Wars Universe Sergeant Pfilbee Jhorn Sergeant Pfilbee Jhorn served as records officer for the Emperor s second expeditionary force to the Forest Moon of EndorDispleased with the superficial reports of the first scouting team, the Emperor requested a detailed summarySergeant Jhorn filed several memos before his departure, insisting that he was not qualified for the job, but these memos were misfiled and never delivered to Sergeant Jhorn s superiorsSuch circumstances account for the rather bitter and resentful tone of this reportImperial military records show that shortly after Sergeant Pfilbee Jhorn filed this report, he was transferred to a lengthy tour of duty alone riding the solar focusing mirrors in orbit around CoruscantFollowing this assignment, he was sent to Tatooine, where he served as a custodian in the Imperial desert garrisonThe Forest Moon of Endorby Sgt Philbee JhornThough my superiors have not seen fit to give me full details as to the Emperor s purpose in seeking further information on the Forest Moon of Endor, I am filing this report as requestedI will state up front that, since I was never given specifics as to the information of interest, this report will perforce be broad and generalAs I have had no training in planetary survey techniques, I have avoided details of a technical natureThe trip out here was horrendousEndor itself is a silvery gas giant that is difficult to reach even by convoluted hyperspace pathsAs shown in the attachments, the huge planet is encircled by banded high clouds and orbited by nine moons of varying sizesThe largest moon, called the Forest Moon of Endor, is the size of a small, rocky planetAs the Forest Moon is the focus of this report, I have designated it Endor for simplicityThe Endor system is extremely remote, not just from the Core systems but also from other Imperial bases, common trade routes, and other inhabited worldsThe captain of our transport claimed that simply reaching Endor involves half a dozen tricky hyperspace maneuvers something to do with the enormous gravity of the gas giant and the uncharted space in the sectorThe captain rather snappishly told me to leave him alone, even after I informed him that I was on a fact finding mission for the Emperor His name and service number are on file, should anyone wish to initiate formal disciplinary action These navigational uncertainties may rule out the establishment of an important base in this systemGiven such circumstances, it is no surprise that numerous ships have crash landed on the Forest Moon, making it something of a desert island in spaceThe lush and wild environment provides resourceful victims the opportunity to eke out an existence, but I would envy no one the job of living under these primitive conditionsGive me Coruscant any dayHowever, I do not know the Emperor s purposes hereGiven that Endor is isolated, yet able to support human life without expensive and difficult environment systems, this large moon mav be an ideal placeMy job is only to provide information, add recommendations if I feel they are relevant, and correct the numerous sketchy errors made by the initial survey teamIf only they had done their job well enough in the first place, I would not have been given this redundant assignment For example, the report of the first survey team stated that the only significant life forms inhabiting the moon were the fuzzy and annoying Ewoks, who were presumed to be harmlessNot only did the survey team entirely miss the deadly giant Gorax, but also bloodthirsty condor dragons, packs of tall and timid yuzzums, and an entire settlement of off planet maraudersThe members of this first team are a disgrace to Imperial military servicePractically their only useful bit of information is that the furry Ewoks pose no serious threat and should be exterminated strictly because of their nuisance value Of course, the first team s lack of thoroughness may be understandable if they were as poorly equipped as my team proved to beWhen the transport ship dropped us off and shuttled our supplies down, we were appalled to find that only a group of two rider AT ST scout transports had been assigned to the entire task of covering a worldThe food packs contained only the worst sorts of rations, leftovers from the Clone Wars, no doubt The garment bins contained ice assault suits decommissioned after the raid on Hoth I had heard grumblings about incompetence, nepotism, and corruption in the Imperial Navy, and now I had no doubtSworn to duty, though, my team and I set to workWe consisted of four scientifically trained troopers plus five stormtrooper escortsWe climbed aboard several jerky scout transports and clomped off through the undergrowthI believe the AT STs were in need of serious maintenanceThe other members of my team performed the required duties, while I sat back and observed as was my jobI took copious notesMuch of the surface is densely covered with legendary tall trees, giving it the name of Forest Moon but other parts of Endor are rocky savannas and snow topped mountainsBadlands to the south are dotted with sulfur springs and perilous poolsBleak, rocky highlands are inhabited by the giant GoraxThe low gravity of the Endor moon encourages living things to become large, not just the mammoth conifer trees, but also many indigenous speciesThe dense, primeval forest is the most striking feature of Endor, and most likely to cause serious difficulties for Imperial construction projectsOverhead, through the tapering treetops, the bright planet Endor fills much of the sky like a mirror, breaking through the blue of daylight or shining down like a spotlight in the night One side benefit of this would be the reduced cost of illumination for a security perimeter on any proposed base Flowers grow high above the ground, sprouting from wind borne seeds that have lodged in damp crevices in the enormous tree limbsTheir colors are so bright and so varied as to give one a headache, and even with my facemask filters toggled to their densest settings, the disgusting pollens still managed to penetrate, making me miserable with extraterrestrial allergiesThe thickly overgrown forest floor, with its groves of free palms and ferns, proved extremely hazardous even for the flexible capabilities of our scout transportIf Imperial engineers think they can simply land on the moon, ignore the indigenous life forms, and set up their base of operations without difficulty, they re in for a large, unpleasant surpriseWhile our AT STs could maneuver through some of the thickest foliage, I d consider it impossible for a larger AT AT to make its way beyond the largest clearingsThis does not preclude, however, the use of such ard walkers for intimidation around, say, a big landing platform in the depths of the forestStill, even our smaller scout walker suffered several mishaps on our plodding journey through the forest I can t begin to list all the times we stumbled in treacherous and hidden gullies concealed by the underbrushWe wasted many hours disassembling twisted metal knee joints and repairing them, occasionally even battering bent components with rocks just to make them fit back into their appropriate socketsNaturally, our AT ST repair kits contained none of the spare parts we neededThe Forest Moon of Endor orbits a silvery gas giant called Endor, for you dim witted readers which rises high and bright every day The animal life on Endor is none too friendly I couldn t begin to say whether any of the game is edible our old military rations were tasteless, but even that seemed preferable to eating some stringy, musty rodent grubbing in the underbrush While our scout walker was being repaired again several of us explored the perimeter and encountered a dangerous decoy creature, which we named a tempterThe tempter lives inside a dark, hollow stump, waiting for other predators to pass byThe tempter apparently exudes a provocative smell that makes predators salivateFrom the shadows of its tree den, it opens its yawning black mouth, using its articulated tongue as a lureThe tempter s tongue is an astonishing piece of camouflage, with a small and furry appendage that looks just like a particularly stupid rodentThe tongue appendage has its own muscles and even a dense nerve cluster that may act as a primitive secondary brainThe decoy appendage moves, making strange and tempting sounds, then ducks back into the blackness of the hollow treeThe open skies of Endor, showing only primitive trees and dirty natural beauty, are ripe for exploitation by anyone who can stomach this primeval worldWhen one of our scouts reached into the hollow trunk to secure the rodent specimen, the tempter nearly bit his entire hand offAs we struggled to free him, the gray, serpentine form lunged out of its hiding place in the trunk, hoping to finish off the wounded preyWe blasted it, then dissected the remains of the carcassThe tempter looks like a long, blunt eel, with pale, fleshy skin covered with a thick mucus that allows it to slither into tight spots and also to strike outward, freeing itself in a flashApparently once it has had its meal, the tempter cleans blood and debris from the area, then lies in wait againOnce the lair in the hollow trunk is filled with bones and refuse, the tempter must move out probably at night, under the silvery light of the gas giant, slithering among the free palms to find a new place to set up a trapWe tended our wounded comrade and bandaged his arm, but his injury greatly diminished his use to us for the rest of the survey operationThe most common creatures on Endor are the obnoxious Ewoks, feral and deceptively cute hairy things that seem to consider themselves our equalsEwoks practically infest the forests with their tree villagesIt would give me no greater pleasure than to burn down these clumsy and primitive structures, but the task is far too great for our small partyI would suggest, though, that if the Emperor intends to make any substantial use of this Forest Moon, he see to it that the Ewoks are exterminated before they can cause significant damage with their ignorant meddlingOne member of our team unwisely became enad of the Ewok society and cultureHe squandered valuable time studying them and wrote copious descriptions of his impressions, though he did not bother to do a single dissection to add to our real knowledge of these these creaturesI have reprimanded him severely for his misplaced priorities, but I include his observations here for completeness, though I have rewritten some of the insipid and overblown proseThe Ewok civilization is extremely primitive and simple, with little of unique interest to warrant study by already overworked Imperial exoanthropologistsSomehow, by sheer accident, the Ewoks have performed many spectacular engineering feats, including catapults, waterwheels, and skin gliders that allow them to soar on the winds and remain aloft for a long time in the small moon s low gravityEven the gmff engineer on our team admitted his grudging admiration for their discoveriesIt is humorous to watch the Ewoks attempt to create weapons from the crudest raw materials stone knives, spears, bows and arrows, nets, clumsy animal traps, even catapultsNothing the Ewoks invent would have a chance of even scratching our Imperial weaponry, though the contest and resulting Ewok slaughter might be amusing to watchThe ultimate book for every Star WarsfanExperience the Star Wars universe as never before in this stunning visual journey that carries you to the farthest reachesand into the deepest mysteriesof George Lucas s cinematic masterpieceRalph McQuarrie, the legendary main concept artist for all three Star Wars films, and Kevin J Anderson, the New York Times bestselling Star Wars author, present the ultimate voyage a vivid and close up look at the exotic worlds and remarkable inhabitants of the Star Wars universeThe breathtaking artwork of McQuarrie and Anderson s delightful text are your guide to eight different Star Wars localesHere, detailed as never before, are the worlds of Tatooine, the stark desert home planet of Luke Skywalker Coruscant, the glorious center of the Empire Dagobah, the swampy world of Yoda Bespin, site of the famed floating metropolis of Cloud City Endor, the forest moon sheltering the Ewoks Hoth, the frozen wasteland and site of a secret Rebel base Yavin , the jungle moon, nearly destroyed by the first Death Star and Alderaan, Princess Leia s homeworld, cruelly annihilated by the same Death StarEach world is lavishly illustrated and described by a qualified expert, including scientists, scouts, soldiers, poets, and even Imperial agents The Illustrated Star Wars Universe is an epic achievement, a visionary treat no Star Wars fan will want to missand a true collector s item you ll enjoy for years to come r , TM cLucasfilm LtdAll rights reservedUsed under authorization

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  • 208 pages
  • The Illustrated Star Wars Universe
  • George Lucas
  • Anglais
  • 04 April 2018
  • 0553374842

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