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5 THINGS WE LEARNED FROM THE STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER VISUAL DICTIONARY PART1
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FROM MAPS OF THE ENDOR SYSTEM TO DETAILED BACKSTORIES ON SOME DENIZENS OF THE GALAXY, THE NEW BOOK IS FULL OF interesting stuff 
While providing the conclusion to the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker didn’t just rely on existing characters and worlds to tell the story it created a lot of new characters, creatures, ships, and places. We spent more time with the Knights of Ren, met new faces in the Resistance, and came across the denizens of Pasaana, Kef Bir, Kijimi, and Exegol.
 And, just like with the cantina patrons from when A New Hope first came onto the scene in 1977, we desperate to know more. Fortunately, for those who want to dive into the detailed backstories that make the galaxy far, far away from such a vibrant and exciting place, The Rise of Skywalker Visual Dictionary with exclusive crossover sections delivers in a tour.

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Written by Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo, it does more than just help fans identify the faces and places seen in the film — it weaves its own stories like an intricate web without spoiling the plot or surprises.
With chapters focusing on different themes including the First Order and the Resistance, and other different worlds, folding in photos, maps, timelines, and a handful of beautiful crossover sections of key vehicles and starships created by Kemp Remillard, there’s a bounty of storytelling inside. Here are just five of our favorite stories hiding in the pages of The Rise of Skywalker Visual Dictionary. Let get right into it.

1. We learn exactly how the First Order gave way to the Final Order.

The First Order made its full presence known to the galaxy when Starkiller Base destroyed the New Republic capital of Hosnian Prime, but the seeds of its creation were planted after the Battle of Endor and the Emperor’s death.

 In the first chapter, we get timelines laying out the key events in the formation of the First Order and its planet-destroying power, including confirmation that the icy planet of Ilum, home to the kyber crystals Jedi harvested for their lightsabers, was slowly turned into Starkiller Base to tap a nearby star’s quintessence energy into the planet’s kyber core. As the First Order merges with the resources of the Sith Eternal on Exegol, we see a fuller picture of Palpatine’s contingency plans the decades-long preparations for the Final Order.

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2. There’s a detailed backstory on the Aki-Aki farmer who owned the skimmer Rey stole.

Poor Jo-Dapshi Gorubunn! This old Aki-Aki farmer has come to the Festival of Ancestors with a surplus of dried grain stalks and other bundles of dried goods aboard his cargo skimmer in hopes of making some sales. Dust farming on Pasaana is hard work and his hands have seen years of labor; he’s even lost one of his two prehensile trunks from a farm injury. And in one fell swoop, his market goods and his old reliable Arunskin 75D transport skimmer (complete with the family crest on a pennant) are both gone when someone hotwires his ride and a young woman jumps in and takes off with it. 

Not only does has his craft been stolen, it jets away at speeds he didn’t even know was possible! It turns out his grandson had been secretly tinkering with the skimmer, which is essentially the family’s pick-up truck, and with the control system’s governor now disconnected, the top speed is made even higher. Though Rey regrets stealing a farmer’s vehicle, Gorubunn must write the whole thing off as a loss — nothing remains after the skimmer gets sucked into the Shifting Mires near Lurch Canyon.

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to be continued....
  


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