Star Wars March Madness: Three Seeds

It is finally March and that means it is time for brackets. All kinds of brackets from College Basketball to dessert toppings and everything in between. With that in mind this blog will be doing a Star Wars authors bracket.

I am taking on the Vince McMahon role for this endeavor. That means I picked the authors who I felt most qualified to be considered. I don’t think I made any huge omissions but some of you may…This is the 32 authors I think have had the most impact on the Star Wars book universe and more importantly have entertained all the Star Wars book readers. They will be broken into four brackets; Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Yoda, and Grand Moff Tarkin. The Authors have been seeded  1 through 8 again most due to my own personal judgement while taking into consideration how the authors works are viewed by the readers at large.

With that being said I give you the third seed in the Grand Moff Tarkin Bracket:

Drew Karpyshyn


Drew earns the third seed based on the fact that this is the guy who brought Darth Bane to life. Now this creates an interesting question about continuity. Star Wars: The Clone Wars is canon. Darth Bane appears in the final season of that show. Does that make his three books canon? I say it does and since this is ancient history to where the timeline is now I wonder what the folks at the mouse think.

Drew’s Star Wars career began with the video game Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic. He was the senior writer and core game designer on that piece of Star Wars media and it led him to a pretty stout resume in the world of Star Wars books.

Bane makes his book debut in the novel Darth Bane: Path of Destruction. This work tells us the story of Bane’s early life how he became a Sith, how he found training from Darth Revan, how Bane came to reject the ways of the Sith of his time and how he crafted the Rule of Two.


Darth Bane may be the most beloved Sith. He would make his return in the book Darth Bane: Rule of Two. This work picks up just after the events of the prior Bane novel and it deals with Bane and his new apprentice Zannah. Bane finds a way to become some powerful in the Dark Side of the Force that he is able to fly through open space. That sounds crony on a blog but it shows the lengths this dude goes too to survive and grow in power.

Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil wraps up the Bane trilogy. This novel is set ten years after the events of Rule of Two and deals with the effects on Bane’s longtime exposure to the Dark Side of the Force. It parallels the story from Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader in that Bane is expecting his apprentice to rise up against him and his increasing frustration that she fails to do so. Eventually Bane seeks a way to replace his body.

From there Karpyshyn would write the third novel in the Star Wars: The Old Republic series. The work titles Star Wars The Old Republic: Revan tells the back story of Darth Revan who was introduced in the second Darth Bane novel. Drew was also a writer of the actual game so it makes perfect sense for him to further develop his characters in the books based on said game.

Drew’s last EU novel would be the fourth book in the Old Republic series, Star Wars The Old Republic: Annihilation. This story focuses on Theron Shan. The son of Grand Jedi Master Satele Shan. The action soon moves to the Galactic War being waged between the Old Republic and Jedi on one said and the Sith on the other. I am not very familiar with this book as its set in my least favorite era of Star Wars history.

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