Thursday, September 10, 2009

3998 BBY - 3996 BBY: The Shadow of Freedon Nadd

Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force is one of my favorite sources to turn to. Not a novel, not a comic, not a source book, it’s its own unique form of literature. See my post 7000 BBY for my first encounter with this text. It’ll be from this source I turn to today to examine our next segment in the Star Wars Chronology Project: The Shadow of Freedon Nadd.

It’s not a very long piece- only a few paragraphs from Jedi Master Arca, and Tionne Solusar, the Jedi Archivist and keeper of Jedi lore. History wise, Master Arca tells us nothing we already didn’t know, except that there appears to be some inconsistencies around the history of Freedon Nadd himself.

In this source Master Arca tells us: “Unable to become a Sith Lord as long as his Master lived, Nadd came to the planet Onderon to make himself a king” There is no mention here of Nadd murdering his Master, and what is more, his Master is not named. This is different from our source Tales of the Jedi Companion which says: “Since there could never be more than one Dark Lord, Nadd murdered his teacher and assumed the title”. So, we have conflicting stories here, one telling us that Nadd murdered his master, the other making no mention of a murder.

To further complicate the issue, Sith researcher Murk Lundi’s studies found that Nadd did not even apprentice himself to a Sith Lord, instead he learned the secrets of the darkside from the holocron of King Adas, and ancient Sith king.

There is mention of “other sources” which say that Nadd did apprentice himself to a Sith Lord, and that Sith Lord was Naga Sadow (in spirit form presumably). And he apprenticed himself on Yavin 4. But no details are provided here, and there is no mention that Nadd murdered Sadow.
What I’m calling into question here is the source from Wookieepedia which says that Nadd did indeed apprentice under Sadow, and then somehow “murdered” him, or “destroyed” Sadow’s spirit once he was done with his apprenticeship. I’m not saying Wookieepedia is wrong, but as of my findings so far, the only conclusion I can come to is that the history of Freedon Nadd is still shrouded in mystery. I’m really hoping another source somewhere down the line clears this up – or not – the point here is that I’m having fun discovering that Nadd’s past is mysterious, and it may simply be left at that.

For my next post I’ll be moving on to the six issue comics series The Dark Lords of the Sith – until then, may the force be with you.

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