Scheduled for release in March 2011, Deceived is the second novel based around Star Wars: The Old Republic. We were lucky enough to get our hands on an early copy of the upcoming novel and quickly devoured each and every page. Hit the jump for our review and a special interview with the author of the book, Paul S. Kemp.
Update: Excerpts of Deceived chapters one and two are now online for those interested in getting a sneak peak before release.
Paul S. Kemp, author of Star Wars: The Old Republic novel Deceived, posted the following on his personal blog today:
I've received an affirmative from Del Ray, LucasArts, BioWare to post an excerpt from my forthcoming Star Wars novel, Deceived. As you know, the novel ties-in to the forthcoming MMORPG, The Old Republic, from Lucasarts/Bioware.
The excerpt features in prose a scene you'll recognize from the first cinematic trailer. Here, you get a sense of Malgus as a man. Note, this has not been copyedited and copyright belongs to the holder, all rights reserved, blah blah.
I'm hoping to get approval in July to begin posting excerpts from Deceived, my Star Wars novel set in the The Old Republic. But in the meantime, I thought I'd post the Dramatis Personae for the novel. There are four core characters (these four are either point of view characters, or characters with a lot of screen time) and several important, but non-core characters.
The Core Characters
Darth Malgus, male human Sith lord.
Eleena Daru, female Twi-lek, a trained combatant and Malgus's companion.
Aryn Leneer, female human Jedi Knight and Force Empath.
Zeerid Korr, male human smuggler, former Republic commando
The Non-Core characters
Master Ven Zallow, male human Jedi Master
Darth Angral, male human Sith Lord.
Lord Adraas, male human Sith.
A few of the names should be familiar to fans who have read the Threat of Peace webcomic and the Biographies. The most notable character on the list is Malgus' companion, Eleena Daru, who appeared in the Deceived trailer and until now remained unnamed. Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived is due out in hardcover on December 28, 2010. You can pre-order the novel from Amazon.com. Hat tip to r2d2arm.
Sean Dahlberg alerted us to a new tab on the HoloNet: Inhabitants.
If you've been waiting for information about the colorful creatures, species, and droids that populate the galaxy, make sure to check out our new HoloNet expansion - Inhabitants! In this section you can find new information and media about the galactic inhabitants that will entertain and challenge you in Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Inhabitants will be updated regularly, so be sure to check back often to get the latest updates and information!
Darth Hater consensus speculation is none of the described Inhabitants are playable so far, including both Humanoids.
Plus, we were informed about three more characters we may see in game:
We've expanded the Biographies section of the HoloNet to include more of the exciting figures you will meet in Star Wars: The Old Republic!
This update includes profiles of three of the most influential people in The Old Republic era: Galactic Republic Special Forces commander, General Garza; the fierce warrior and sole ruler of the Mandalorians, Mandalore; and the star of the Deceived cinematic trailer, the ruthless Darth Malgus!
This is just the second in a series of regular updates to the Biographies section so be sure to check back regularly!
Aurebesh translations and dissections after the jump (keep checking back; we're updating this on the fly).