Star Wars: The High Republic: The Edge of Balance, Vol. 1 is the first trade paperback release in the manga series Star Wars: The High Republic: The Edge of Balance. It was written by Shima Shinya and Justina Ireland, illustrated by Mizuki Sakakibara, and published by Viz Media on September 7, 2021. The volume also contains "The Banchiians", a bonus chapter written by Shinya and drawn by Nezu Usugumo.
In the aftermath of the Great Hyperspace Disaster, young Jedi Knight Lily Tora-Asi is assigned to help displaced civilians relocate to Banchii, a planet in the Inugg system far in the Outer Rim. While balancing the arrival of incoming settlers and teaching the Padawans on their Temple outpost, Lily must also confront an attack by the insidious Drengir and, after the events of the Republic Fair, deal with the growing threat of the Nihil. But the dangers to Lily and her Padawans are much closer than she thinks….
On Ta'klah, an ordinary day is shattered by the emergence of deadly falling debris. A child caught in the chaos is nearly hit, but is saved when help arrives in the form of Jedi Vectors, Jedi Master Stellan Gios leaping out of one starfighter to deflect some of the debris with telekinesis. Telling the locals to take shelter, Gios says there has been an accident in hyperspace.
Later, Jedi Knight Lily Tora-Asi wakes up after hearing a voice calling for her help. She and Master Arkoff are transporting some refugees from Ta'klah to the planet Banchii, being stationed at its Jedi Temple. Lily, however, is uncertain about how to find balance while caring for the refugees, although Arkoff advises her to change her perspective, for herself and her Padawan. Heading to the back to check on the passengers, Lily tells them they'll be landing shortly, one of whom says they don't know what they'd do without the Jedi. Lily says it was the refugees' courage that made it possible, before talking with a man with a container of seeds given to him by a friend, which he hopes will grow well on Banchii.
Upon arrival on the planet, Lily and Arkoff are greeted by younglings Nima and Viv'nia, who wish they could go to the Republic Fair on Valo. Lily's Padawan Keerin Fionn interrupts the girls, telling them they're not there to gossip and they should help the new settlers, an order compounded by Lily and Arkoff. After the girls run off, Keerin asks if these are the last settlers, and Lily confirms it before introducing him to the new arrivals, letting him lead them off.
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- The Star Wars Book dates the launch of the Starlight Beacon to 232 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which corresponds to 232 BBY in the calendar system used by Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. As The High Republic: Light of the Jedi depicts the Beacon's launch, the novel's events must take place around that year. The novel The High Republic: The Rising Storm takes place almost a year after the events of Light of the Jedi, so the events of The Rising Storm must take place around 231 BBY. The first volume of Star Wars: The High Republic: The Edge of Balance is set prior to, concurrently, and after The Rising Storm, meaning the events of this volume must occur around that year.