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[Star Wars Legends]
 Star Wars Legends Timelines

Every Star Wars Legends story, whether novel, comic or short story was written with a sense of continuity, i.e. events that have occurred at a particular time cannot be described in stories set prior to those events, e.g. Luke discovers that Vader is his father in The Empire Strikes Back, thus in all stories written prior to this event Luke must be ignorant of this. Therefore events within the Star Wars Legends galaxy, like our own, must follow a temporal linearity even if story publishing doesn't.

This timeline includes novels, comics, short stories and other published stories that form the main part of the Star Wars Legends continuity - at present it doesn't include very young reader books and the self-titled adventure style books. It is divided into the seven Eras of Adventure: Before The Republic, The Old Republic, Rise of the Empire, The Rebellion, The New Republic, The New Jedi Order; and Legacy of the Force.

For The Clone Wars period there are currently two seperate timelines: the first is for Legends material published circa 2002 - 2007 and excludes all material created since the 2008 film and accompanying animated TV series. The second is for the 2008 The Clone Wars film and the accompanying five TV series - this timeline is designed to provide a chronological viewing order for the animated film & TV series.

There are additional timeline resources for published Novels and Graphic Novels (for easy reference); a full timeline in plain text and PDF formats and a chronological listing of Novel Publishing Dates.

Notes on Star Wars Books & Comics' Legends Timeline:

  • This timeline is not definitive, i.e. it is designed to be a guide to the Star Wars Legends Universe it is, and will not be exact and precise.
  • This timeline is not exhaustive.
  • This list is based on known information sourced from all the story titles listed within it; other sources used include: "The Essential Readerís Companion" (Pablo Hidalgo); "The Unauthorized Star Wars Compendium" (Ted Edwards); "The Star Wars Encyclopaedia" (Stephen J. Sansweet); "A Guide to the Star Wars Universe" (Bill Slavicsek); "The New Essential Star Wars Chronology" (Daniel Wallace); "The Comics Companion" (Ryder Windham & Daniel Wallace); "Christopher G. McElroy's Star Wars Time Tales" (www.theforce.net/timetales[External site - opens in a new window/tab]); "Nathan P. Butler's Star Wars Timeline Gold" (www.starwarsfanworks.com/timeline[External site - opens in a new window/tab]); as well as resources at starwars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab]; lucasarts.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab]; randomhouse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab]; darkhorse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab]; wookieepedia.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab]
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The Eras of Adventure:
Star Wars Legends stories cover a timeframe that stretches back to 25,000 years before the Battle of Yavin and up to 140 years after it, so to make it easier to place a story's chronological setting, LucasBooks introduced five Eras of Adventure in 2000: The Old Republic, Rise of the Empire, The Rebellion, The New Republic and The New Jedi Order. A sixth, Legacy of the Force, was added in 2006 and a seventh, Before The Republic, was created in 2012 to accommodate the new Dawn of the Jedi comic and novel series.
Now every Legends story, whether book, comic, short story or other, could be placed as occurring during one of seven Eras of Adventure. Thus the events of the Prequel Trilogy (Episodes I thru III) occur during the Rise of the Empire era, while the Original Trilogy (Episodes IV thru VI) take place in The Rebellion era.

Note that for convenience Before The Republic is encapsulated within The Old Republic era timeline.

Select an Era of Adventure by clicking on the logo

[ The Old Republic ]

Events occurring up to 67 years before the Battle of Yavin
The Old Republic was the legendary government that united a galaxy under the rule of the senate. In this era, the Jedi are numerous, and serve as guardians of peace and justice.
Lost Tribe of the Sith and Knight Errant both take place in this era, as well as the MMORPG videogame, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and its tie-in novels and comic books.
Includes the Dawn of the Jedi comic book and novel series of the Before The Republic era.


[ Rise of the Empire ]

Events occurring between 67 years and 2 years before the Battle of Yavin
After the seemingly final defeat of the Sith, the Republic enters a state of complacency. In the waning years of the Republic, the senate was rife with corruption and scandal, and saddled with a bureaucracy so immense that effective governing was nearly impossible. The ambitious Senator Palpatine caused himself to be elected Supreme Chancellor, and promised to reunite the galaxy under a New Order.


[ Rise of the Empire ]

Events occurring between 2 years before and 5 years after the Battle of Yavin
An outcry of resistance begins to spread across the galaxy in protest to the new Empire's tyranny. Cells of Rebellion fight back, and the Galactic Civil War begins.
This era begins with the formal declaration of the birth of the Rebel Alliance on Corellia and Kashyyyk and ends a year after the death of the Emperor high over the forest moon of Endor. The Rebellion starts to reform itself into a body of government, first as the Alliance of Free Planets, and later the New Republic.


[ The New Republic ]

Events occurring between 5 and 25 years after the Battle of Yavin
Having defeated the Empire at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance must now transform itself from a militant resistance force into a functioning galactic government. As Imperial territory is reclaimed, the New Republic suffers growing pains, having to fend off insurrections, Imperial loyalists and wayward warlords. Luke Skywalker, the last of the Jedi, begins training apprentices and rebuilding the Jedi order.


[ The New Jedi Order ]

Events occurring between 25 and 40 years after the Battle of Yavin
The Jedi Knights are now a hundred strong. The New Republic has signed a peace treaty with what little remains of the Empire. The galaxy is finally enjoying a peaceful respite from decades of war. It's at this time that a horrible alien menace invades the Republic from beyond known space. The Yuuzhan Vong lay waste to entire worlds in their scourge of the galaxy.
The Invasion comic book series takes place during this era.


[ Legacy of the Force ]

Events occurring 40 years after the Battle of Yavin
This is the era of Luke Skywalker's legacy: the Jedi Master has unified the order into a cohesive group of powerful Jedi Knights. But as the new era begins, planetary interests threaten to disrupt this time of relative peace, and Luke is plagued with visions of an approaching darkness. Evil is rising again and it looks as if the legacy of the Skywalkers may come full circle.
Both the Fate of the Jedi novels and Legacy comic book series occur during this era.



Additional Timeline Resources:

Select an additional timeline resource by clicking on the logo

[ The Clone Wars ]

Chronicles events occurring between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith only.
Due to inconsistences between material published circa 2002-2007 and that published post-2008 (including The Clone Wars animated film and ongoing TV series of the same name), there are currently two seperate timelines.
Timeline #1 for Legends material published circa 2002 - 2007.
Timeline #2 for the The Clone Wars film and TV series (excludes tie-in novel and comic stories).


[ Novels ]

This timeline lists published Legends and Story Group canon novels separated into their relevant Era of Adventure.
Use this timeline to discover all the published novels to date.
It does not include youth novels, although it does indicate where their stories occur in relation to the novels.


[ Graphic Novels ]

This timeline lists published Legends and Story Group canon comic book stories separated into their relevant Era of Adventure.
Use this timeline to discover all the published comic book stories to date.


[ Novel Publishing ]

A chronological listing of novel publishing dates from the very first copy of Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker in 1976 to the latest published novel. Separated into four major publishing eras: 1976 - 1983: Classic Star Wars; 1991 - 1999: The Bantam years; 2000 - 2005: The Prequels period; and 2006 - 2013: The Skywalkers' Legacy. It does not include publishing dates for youth novels, children's books, comics or graphic novels.


[ Plain Text timeline ]

A complete Legends timeline including published novels, comic books and short stories in a plain text format (.txt) [opens in a new window/tab].


[ PDF timeline ]

A complete Legends timeline including published novels, comic books and short stories in a PDF format (.pdf) [opens in a new window/tab].



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