- "It was a risk, but The Twisted Rancor Trio was founded on 'Guts and Glory'."
- ―Last line of Gilthos Uksaris's draft of Guts and Glory: A Chronicle of The Amazing Story of The Twisted Rancor Trio
Guts and Glory: A Chronicle of The Amazing Story of The Twisted Rancor Trio was a book being written by Gilthos Uksaris about the exploits of the jatz band The Twisted Rancor Trio, which found popularity on its homeworld of Taris during the Jedi Civil War. As the band's manager and founder, Uksaris compiled the book to chronicle The Twisted Rancor Trio's entire history, even as it was happening. The book covered the band's humble beginnings and eventual rise to prominence, as the trio eventually attracted the favor of crime lord Davik Kang of the Exchange.
The amnesiac former Dark Lord of the Sith Revan discovered a draft of Uksaris's memoir in one of the Lower City Apartments on Taris while stranded on the planet shortly before its destruction by the Sith Empire. With the aid of the draft, Revan uncovered the passcode needed to deactivate a holographic security system guarding a crate in the apartment, allowing him to retrieve the package's contents.
- "Many felt that without Elinda's singing the band would crumble. But Gilthos came up with a brilliant plan to save the group by hiring Elinda's sister, Ashana, as the new lead singer on the eve of their scheduled appearance at Davik's estate."
- ―Excerpt from Gilthos Uksaris's draft of Guts and Glory: A Chronicle of The Amazing Story of The Twisted Rancor Trio
An incomplete draft of Guts and Glory: A Chronicle of The Amazing Story of The Twisted Rancor Trio left in an apartment in the Lower City of the planet Taris provided a brief summary of the history of The Twisted Rancor Trio, a jatz band well known for its heavy bass instrumentals. As written by the band's founder and manager, Gilthos Uksaris, the draft told of how the band originated as a mere ploy of Uksaris's to secure a date with the singer Elinda. The narrative recounted the recruitment of the Bith musician brothers Ujaa and Ujii, and the band's early struggles as a result of Ujaa's lackluster performance, resulting in their replacement by Loopa and Fodo, respectively. Uksaris described the band's growing success with these new members, especially on their homeworld of Taris, as well as their eventual invitation by the crime lord Davik Kang to perform at his estate.
The narrative ended with Ashana replacing her sister, Elinda, as lead singer on the eve of the aforementioned scheduled performance, for Elinda refused to accept the invitation in fear of Kang's association with the Exchange, a powerful crime syndicate. Because Ashana's musical skill was untested and failure to please Kang could provoke the Exchange's wrath, the band was aware that the last-minute plan could endanger their lives. Nevertheless, Uksaris was adamant that the potential reward—for Kang to sign them onto a major touring contract—outweighed these risks. Thus, in allusion to this bold gamble did Uksaris base the theme of his book: "guts and glory."
Uksaris chose to write Guts and Glory: A Chronicle of The Amazing Story of The Twisted Rancor Trio in the third person, but this did not stop the work from being tinged with the author's perspective. He referred to his plot to replace Elinda with Ashana as a "brilliant plan" despite the warning of a friend of his and Uksaris's own awareness that he was taking a dangerous risk.
|Source: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic|
Guts and Glory: A Chronicle of The Amazing Story of The Twisted Rancor Trio
The origins of what would eventually become the most famous band in the galaxy are surprisingly humble. The brains behind the group, manager Gilthos Uksaris, founded the Trio to earn a date with a young singer named Elinda.
The ploy worked, and Elinda became the first member of the band. Gilthos scrambled to find musicians to back her, and signed a Bith named Ujaa to be the lead musician. Soon after that he signed Ujaa's brother Ujii to complete the trio.
The band struggled at first. Elinda was a fantastic singer, but Ujaa wasn't much of a musician. When Elinda threatened to quit, Gilthos fired Ujaa and signed another Bith named Loopa.
Of course this didn't go over well with Ujaa's brother, and Ujii quit. Fortunately, Loopa knew another musician named Fodo, who joined to replace Ujii.
Led by Elinda's singing, the second incarnation of The Twisted Rancor Trio became quite popular on their home world of Taris, eventually attracting the attention of local legitimate businessman Davik Kang.
Davik asked Gilthos to bring his group in for a command performance. Gilthos agreed, realizing this could be the band's big break. Unfortunately, Elinda had heard certain unsubstantiated rumors about Davik Kang and his connections to the Exchange. Fearing for her life, she refused to go to his estate to perform.
Many felt that without Elinda's singing the band would crumble. But Gilthos came up with a brilliant plan to save the group by hiring Elinda's sister, Ashana, as the new lead singer on the eve of their scheduled appearance at Davik's estate.
Gilthos knew he was taking a risk. If Ashana couldn't perform at Elinda's level, Davik's infamous temper could have dire consequences for the entire band. However, if Ashana could match her sister's performance then Davik was likely to sign the band to a big time touring contract.
It was a risk, but The Twisted Rancor Trio was founded on "Guts and Glory".
- "Davik won't be happy if Ashana can't fill in for her sister. And you don't want to get Davik mad or you might never come out of that estate again. Anyway, good luck. And if this works, think about what a great chapter it'll make in that biography of the band you've been working on."
- ―Message to Gilthos Uksaris from his friend
The book was a work in progress during the Jedi Civil War in the year 3956 BBY, as author Gilthos Uksaris was compiling the chronicle while the story of The Twisted Rancor Trio was still in the making. Enthusiastic about the memoir, Uksaris had shared the idea with at least one of his friends. In spite of Uksaris's misgivings about the band performing for Kang, the friend assured him that doing so would be a remarkable addition to band's story should the group succeed.
The amnesiac former Dark Lord of the Sith Revan discovered a draft of Guts and Glory: A Chronicle of The Amazing Story of The Twisted Rancor Trio on a datapad while exploring a Lower City apartment on Taris in the aftermath of the Sith Empire's attack on the Republic warship Endar Spire. Inside the apartment, Revan encountered a security crate that had been delivered by Uksaris's friend; it was rigged with a Holo-Sec Corp anti-theft explosive device as part of a holographic security system.
To disarm the trap, Revan had to activate six holoprojectors showing the band's members in chronological order of their recruitment, as this comprised the device's passcode system. Using the draft of Guts and Glory found on a table at the corner of the room, Revan easily learned this order, and thus the passcode, allowing him to deactivate the explosive and retrieve the crate's contents: a suit of Echani fiber armor and fifty credits.
Behind the scenes
Guts and Glory: A Chronicle of The Amazing Story of The Twisted Rancor Trio appears in the 2003 video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. The player, as Revan, can discover an incomplete draft of Guts and Glory on a datapad inside a Lower City apartment on Taris for the purpose of cracking a security system protecting a footlocker in the same apartment.
In Knights of the Old Republic, the image of the datapad containing the draft is that of one of the several generic models of datapads in the game. If sold in-game, the datapad is worth one credit.
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (First appearance)