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Han and Leia visit Corellia to meet Han's cousin. Lando and Luke go on a journey to find a girl for Lando. Han's cousin is evil, and has a beard! Oh, and there's another superweapon, fixed by Anakin Solo.

Tropes:

  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: Thrackan's Human League.
  • Beard of Evil: Thrackan It's the chief distinguishing physical feature separating him from his cousin.
  • Bee People: The Selonians are an interesting example. They have the same social structure as ants or bees on Earth, but unlike most examples of such aliens are not insectoid, but mammalian, looking somewhat like humanoid otters.
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: Discussed by Admiral Ossilege briefly.
  • Did Not Do the Research: In the rest of the Expanded Universe, capital ships (such as an Imperial Star destroyer) have dozens or hundreds of weapons emplacements. In this trilogy, all capital ships are depicted with one main battery, the loss of which renders said ship completely defenseless.
  • Everyone Knows Blink Code: Han actually counts on this Trope being averted when he tries to communicate with a Republic agent due to it being less convenient than "modern" methods, such as comlinks.[1] Of course, Han's blink skills being a bit rusty kind of makes his desire for the Trope's aversion a bit unnecessary.
  • Evil Cousin: Thrackan Sal-Solo (to Han).
  • Gold Digger:
    • Lando's a male example. He turns to Luke to help endorse him, and Luke lampshades the plan.

  "Well, you can't just walk up to a woman and say 'Hello, I've heard about your large bank account, let's get married.'"

    • It's then subverted when he genuinely falls in love with Tendra.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Conflict at Place in the Corellian System.
  • Lost Technology: The story ultimately revolves around a ancient chamber-sized device located on each of the planets of the Correllian System and their relationship with the space station that was there since all of eternity.
  • Marth Debuted in Smash Bros: A lot of readers of the X Wing Series don't realise that "uglies" (fighters mashed up from parts of different fighters) first appeared in these books, although they are set chronologically later.
  • Neglectful Precursors: The builders of Centrepoint Station.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Anakin, for fixing one of the pieces of Lost Technology, leading to an ethical choice later.
  • Not Now 3PO: Luke insisted that the Droids accompany him on Lando's bride quest. Lando doesn't get along with 3PO (usually) and so locks him and R2 aboard the Lady Luck at their first port of call. Lando's caller there just happened to be a Life Witch, a sort of Vampire. A well-meaning lass, but still a Vampire. It nearly proved legally and lethally binding. At his next port of call, Lando had a comlink with 3PO on speed dial.
  • Red Herring:
    • The protagonists' distrust of Mara. The reader knows from the start that Mara is on the level (the book even tells us!) but Leia and Han both make a big deal about how they don't trust her. One assumes that this would affect their actions. It doesn't in any way - the two keep mentioning their distrust throughout the series even as they work with Mara, but are forced to trust her completely due to the circumstances.
    • Mind you, this "Chekhov's Gun" makes absolutely no sense. Even if this is justified to an extent by the fact that this book came out after the Thrawn Trilogy and before the countless other stories involving Mara (which take place chronologically before this book), it's pretty ridiculous that after the events of the Thrawn Trilogy that Han and Leia would distrust Mara at this point. So you end up with a plot-line that is ridiculous to the readers...that doesn't lead anywhere.
  • Radio Beats Jamming: As does the aforementioned Mon Calamari Blink Code and Line-Of-Sight lasers.
  • Single Biome Planet: Averted, mostly, with the five Corellian planets appearing as diverse as Earth, although Selonia does have the universal characteristic of being a mash-up of land and water.
  • Single Gender Race: Subverted in that there are male Selonians; they're just very rare.
  • Subspace Ansible: Faster-than-light communications are so ubiquitous as to make this an Invoked Trope: people are known to use lightspeed communications over in-system ranges for security reasons (nobody has the technology to intercept them anymore).
  • Thanta Zilbra Vaporizing Kaboom

Notes

  1. Not that he doesn't trust the bodyguards at this point, he just wants to have a "hole card" that nobody would know about.
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