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The Journal of Master Gnost-Dural is a book by Rob Chestney that represents an in-universe work of the same name. The book was published by Chronicle Books in 2011 and shipped in December of that year as a pack-in with the preorder collector's edition of the massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) Star Wars: The Old Republic.[1] The book features artwork by Sperasoft Studios, Roman Artamonov, Fedor Losev, Lorenz Hideyoshi Ruwwe, Clint Young, and Arnie Jorgensen, as well as maps and diagrams by Michael Voigt. The book includes three inserts: the Jedi Temple floorplan; Article 15, Section 9 of the Treaty of Coruscant; and the Shield Generator Defense Plan by Master Belth Allusis.[2]

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The book is divided between titled chapters, themselves divided between numbered entries, such as "xxxxx.xx.xxx". For example, the first entry start with "21359.76.512".[2] If compared to known dated events, such as provided by the Galactic Timeline on Star Wars: The Old Republic's official website,[3] those entries seem to be part of a unidentified datation system somewhat mirroring other known datation systems, such as the Galactic Standard Calendar (BBY) and the unidentified calendar based on the Treaty of Coruscant (BTC/ATC):

Entries Before/After the Treaty of Coruscant Galactic Standard Calendar Events
21363.98.659[2] 28 BTC[4] 3681 BBY[5] Assault on the Tingel Arm region[2]
21363.98.675[2] 28 BTC[4] 3681 BBY[5] Battle of Korriban[2]
21364.15.238[2] 28 BTC[4] 3681 BBY[5] Tingel Arm campaign, Battle of Sluis Van and start of the Minos Cluster Campaign[2]
21372.22.563[2] 18 BTC[6] 3671 BBY[5] Third battle of the Seswenna sector and First Battle of Bothawui[2]
21372.22.590[2] 18 BTC[6] 3671 BBY[5] Second Battle of Bothawui[2]
21382.55.137[2] 8 BTC[7] 3661 BBY[5] Start of the Blockade of the Hydian Way[2]
21383.62.492[2] 7 BTC[8] 3660 BBY[5] End of the Blockade of the Hydian Way[2]
21390.02.056[2] 0 ATC[9] 3653 BBY[5] Sacking of Coruscant, Treaty of Coruscant[2]
21390.76.299[2] 0 ATC[source?] 3653 BBY[5]
21392.38.748[2] 2 ATC[source?] 3651 BBY[5]
21395.71.917[2] 5 ATC[source?] 3648 BBY[5]
21398.48.556[2] 8 ATC[source?] 3645 BBY[5]

Several observations can be made from this. Firstly, it can be noted that the entries point of origin is based on[2] the creation of the Galactic Republic, set in 25,053 BBY, per the Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia,[10] which correspond to 21,400 BTC,[5] but with an offset of ten years after the Republic's foundation, equivalent to 25,043 BBY. Secondly, while most dates check out with their correspondant entries, it's not the case of the three entries chronicling the events set in 3681 BBY/28 BTC (which should equate to 21362 in the book internal datation system), even though the entry "21363.98.659" indicate it was written the very day of the event of the Assault on the Tingel Arm region. It can be also be noted that, if indeed the entries are part of a datation system, the standard year of this system may not equate the length, nor the starting point of the others two calendars.[2]

Furthermore, in keeping with the style of a research journal and a personal diary, the entries are often written by Gnost-Dural while some time had already occurred after the events he is chronicling. Some refers to events happening the very day, others weeks and months prior, or even full centuries in the case of his research into Sith History. For example, Gnost-Dural only describes the events leading to Mandalore the Lesser's ascension,[2] mirroring the content of the fourth video entry in the Galactic Timeline, dated to 14 BTC,[11] in entry "21379.16.091". In it, he wrote of events happening "Three years ago, in the wake of their defeat in the Battle of Alderaan", which would equate to 21376, confirmed by entry "21376.89.702", describing the initial Sith's invasion of Alderaan, and followed with entry "21376.89.704", on which Gnost-Dural relates the victory of the Republic.[2]

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 SWTOR mini Frequently Asked Questions on The Old Republic's official website (link obsolete; content only found on older version of webpage: backup link)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 The Journal of Master Gnost-Dural
  3. Holonet icon allegiances Galactic Timeline on The Old Republic Holonet (content now obsolete; backup link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 SWTOR mini Timeline 6: Onslaught of the Sith Empire on The Old Republic's official website (article) (backup link)
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia places the Treaty of Coruscant, which served as the zero point of a calendar adopted by the Galactic Senate following the conclusion of the Great Galactic War per SWTOR mini Galactic History on The Old Republic's official website (article) (backup link), in the year 3653 BBY of the Galactic Standard Calendar, which was based around the date of the Battle of Yavin. Thus, the difference between the two dating systems is 3,653 years.
  6. 6.0 6.1 SWTOR mini Timeline 5: The Battle of Bothawui on The Old Republic's official website (article) (backup link)
  7. SWTOR mini Timeline 3: The Return of the Mandalorians on The Old Republic's official website (article) (backup link)
  8. SWTOR mini Timeline 2: The Mandalorian Blockade is Broken on The Old Republic's official website (article) (backup link)
  9. SWTOR mini Timeline 1: Treaty of Coruscant on The Old Republic's official website (article) (backup link)
  10. Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia
  11. SWTOR mini Timeline 4: The Empire Changes Strategy on The Old Republic's official website (article) (backup link)
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