As the one year anniversary of the launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic approaches, new hints and indications about the direction the story will take are being revealed. A few weeks ago, a tidbit at the end of the Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia gave us a glimpse of what is to come. Now comes a short story found in the latest issue of Star Wars Insider magazine. Alexander Freed writes the story, author of The Lost Suns comic book series and the Imperial Agent storyline found in the game. Entitled The Last Battle of Colonel Jace Malcom, the story bridges the gap between the events that have occurred within SWTOR up until this point and the next chapter as it will be told in Drew Karphyshyn's next novel, Annihilation.
The 6-page story follows the final mission of Jace Malcom, the Republic trooper who battled against Darth Malgus in the Hope cinematic trailer and has the scars to prove it. Colonel Malcom accompanies a squad of soldiers on the planet Kalandis Seven as they attempt to take out Imperial forces remaining on the planet. Recent events have the Imperials withdrawing from several worlds across the galaxy and the Republic forces are there to help speed along the process by forcing them out. Original artwork by David Rabbitte accompanies the piece.