The High Republic: The Great Jedi Rescue (previously titled The Great Disaster) is a young readers book in the Star Wars: The High Republic multimedia project. It was published on January 5, 2021 by Disney–Lucasfilm Press and contains stickers.
The Galactic Republic starship Legacy Run is ferrying settlers and goods along a major hyperspace route when the navigator reports an object in the hyperlane. Captain Hedda Casset takes manual control of the ship in an attempt to take evasive action. During the attempt to re-enter space, the ship tears apart due to the old state of the Legacy Run and its crowded compartments being loaded with people and cargo.
Debris from the destroyed Legacy Run including cargo containers and passenger compartments begin drifting towards the farming planet of Hetzal Prime. With the objects due to crash on the planet, the planetary authorities order an evacuation call. However, there is not enough time to complete the evacuation. To the relief of the people of Hetzal Prime, the Jedi Order broadcasts a message telling them that help is on the way.
Jedi to the rescue
The Jedi dispatch a Longbeam cruiser, which deploys three Jedi Vector starfighters piloted by the Duros Te'Ami, the Ithorian Mikkel Sutmani, the human woman Nib Assek and her Wookiee Padawan Burryaga Agaburry. Te'Ami proposes shooting the wreckage before it hits Hetzal Prime. Through the Force, Burryaga senses that people are still trapped in a passenger compartment. On Hetzal Prime, Jedi Master Loden Greatstorm and his Padawan Bell Zettifar find armed guards blocking farmers from entering a starship hangar. The two descend from their Vector to help the locals.
In space, the Jedi including Burryaga and Nib work together to secure the loose passenger compartment by using the Force to slow down the descending wreckage so that the Longbeam can lasso it with strong cables. Back on Hetzal Prime, Loden and Bell try unsuccessfully to convince the guards to let the evacuees into the starship hangar. A group of opportunistic pirates riding speeder bikes attempt to attack the evacuees but the two Jedi use their lightsabers and Force powers to deflect their blaster fire back onto their speeders, defeating them. Impressed by the Jedi willingness to risk their lives for strangers, the guards decide to open the gates to the evacuees.
Meanwhile, the Longbeam finishes securing the loose passenger compartment with retro thrusters. Jedi Master Avar Kriss, who is in charge of coordinating the rescue mission on Hetzal Prime, warns her Jedi comrades that another compartment full of hyperfuel is heading to the planets' suns. Though the Jedi are unable to stop the cargo container, Master Kriss convinces all of the Jedi to combine their Force powers telepathically to change the course of the fuel container. Using their combined telepathic Force powers, the Jedi will the hyperfuel container to shoot past the Hetzal Prime's three suns, saving the Hetzal system from a fiery cataclysm. Through the Force, Burryaga sense the relief of the Jedi and the people of Hetzal Prime.
The passengers aboard the speeding wreckage were transferred to a Republic ship where they were checked by medical droids. These passengers were then brought to the new Jedi space station Starlight Beacon, the Republic and Jedi Order's new frontier space station. Burryaga and his fellow jedi who took part in the Hetzel Prime rescue mission take part in the space station's dedication ceremony. Before a cheering crowd, the Jedi raise their lightsabers and reiterate their vows to protect light and life, and to be the guardians of peace and justice throughout the galaxy.
- Hedda Casset is described as having grey hair and refers to herself as an "old lady" in Light of the Jedi, but is here illustrated with mostly dark hair and a somewhat younger appearance.
- The book depicts Avar Kriss' response to the Hetzal system's distress signal as a full-body hologram, when Light of the Jedi has it as a voice-only message.
- The story states that hyperfuel was inside the cargo container heading towards the Hetzal system's suns, whereas The High Republic: Light of the Jedi states it was Tibanna.
- Te'Ami is described as having green skin in Light of the Jedi, but is depicted with blue skin in this book.
- ISBN 9781368069830; January 5, 2021; Disney–Lucasfilm Press; US paperback
- ISBN 9781368074254; January 26, 2021; Disney–Lucasfilm Press; eBook
- ISBN 9781760509682; September 29, 2021; Hardie Grant Publishing; Australian hardcover
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Weapons and technology
- "Launchpad"—Star Wars Insider 200
- "Launchpad"—Star Wars Insider 201
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- "Launchpad"—Star Wars Insider 206
Notes and references
- Star Wars: The High Republic, which includes the events of this story, take place about 200 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of The Phantom Menace to 32 BBY, the events of this story must take place around 232 BBY. states that the stories of