The Shadows of the Empire Sourcebook was a roleplaying guide published by West End Games for the second edition of the Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game. It was written by Peter M. Schweighofer and was first published in June of 1996.

The book summarizes and details the events of the novel Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire.

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The Official Companion to the Novel Shadows of the Empire

After his defeat on Cloud City, Luke Skywalker finds himself a pawn in a deadly game between Darth Vader and the mysterious and dangerous leader of the criminal organization Black Sun. Confronted by bounty hunters and his own worst fears, Luke must must [sic] lead a daring rescue mission to Emperor Palpatine's throne world of Coruscant, where he will confront the foes who lurk in the Shadows of the Empire…

Opening crawl[edit | edit source]

Luke Skywalker, perhaps the first of the new Jedi Knights, slowly recovers from his devastating confrontation with his nemesis, Darth Vader, in the depths of Bespin's Cloud City. Intent on aiding the Rebel Alliance in its continuing battle against the Galactic Empire, Luke joins his long-time companions Princess Leia Organa, Chewbacca the Wookiee, gambler Lando Calrissian, and the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 on a desperate mission to rescue their friend, Han Solo. Captured by Darth Vader and given to the infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett, Solo was frozen in carbonite for delivery to Jabba the Hutt.

But elsewhere in the galaxy, Darth Vader prepares to continue his quest to find young Skywalker and draw him to the dark side of the Force. Vader's master, Emperor Palpatine, is busy overseeing his own intricate web of secret operations, bickering advisors, and carefully laid plans to crush the Rebels. And lurking beneath all of this waits another ... one who plots to force Vader from the picture and assume the role as the Emperor's most powerful servant. Prince Xizor, ruler of the vast criminal organization known as Black Sun, has waited long enough for this moment — a chance to take revenge on Darth Vader and play a much greater role in shaping the galaxy's destiny.

Prince Xizor's plot is set into motion ...

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Organizations and titles

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Novel · Junior novelization
Audiobooks: Bantam Doubleday Dell · Talking Book Publishers
Shadows of the Empire: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6
Trade paperback · Omnibus
Kenner Special: 1, 2 · Galoob · Ertl · Battle of the Bounty Hunters
Evolution: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · Trade paperback
Reference material
The Secrets of Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire · Sourcebook · Planets Guide
The Official Strategy Guide · Game Secrets · Limited Collector's Edition
Video game · Soundtrack · Trading cards · Toy line
Micro Machines · Embossed Metal Collector Cards
Related material
Assignment: Decoy · Secrets of the Sisar Run · Shadow Stalker
The Art of the Brothers Hildebrandt · Star Wars Omnibus: Wild Space Volume 1
Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The New Republic Vol. 1
Return of the Jedi radio drama · Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance
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