A mysterious former Sith wanders the galaxy in this stunning Star Wars tale. An original novel inspired by the world of The Duel from the Star Wars Visions animated anthology.
Star Wars: Visions, coming to Disney+ this September, will feature a collection of animated Original Short Films created by some of the world’s biggest anime studios. Each story promises to be a unique take on the galaxy far, far away, including new interpretations and remixes of Star Wars mythology. One of those stories is Kamikaze Douga’s The Duel, helmed by director Takanobu Mizuno, it focuses on both Jedi and Sith, but with an alternate history pulled from Japanese lore.
Today Star Wars finally reveled the cover and synopsis for Ronin: A Visions Novel, a story inspired by Mizuno’s particular vision and follows a mysterious former Sith who wander the galaxy.
Here’s the summary…
The Jedi are the most loyal servants of the Empire.
Two decades ago, Jedi clans clashed in service to feuding lords. Sickened by this endless cycle, a sect of Jedi rebelled, seeking to control their own destiny and claim power in service of no master. They called themselves Sith.
The Sith rebellion failed, succumbing to infighting and betrayal, and the once rival lords unified to create an Empire…but even an Empire at peace is not free from violence.
Far on the edge of the Outer Rim, one former Sith wanders, accompanied only by a faithful droid and the ghost of a less civilized age. He carries a lightsaber, but claims lineage to no Jedi clan, and pledges allegiance to no lord. Little is known about him, including his name, for he never speaks of his past, nor his regrets. His history is as guarded as the red blade of destruction he carries sheathed at his side.
As the galaxy’s perpetual cycle of violence continues to interrupt his self-imposed exile, and he is forced to duel an enigmatic bandit claiming the title of Sith, it becomes clear that no amount of wandering will ever let him outpace the specters of his former life.
Written by Emma Mieko Candon and hitting shelves on October 12th, Ronin will expand on the world of The Duel, telling the story of a former, unnamed Sith known only as Ronin, as he travels the galaxy. This unique opportunity isn’t lost on Candon, their first Star Wars effort saying, “I’ve dreamed of contributing to the Star Wars mythos since I started writing in earnest, but I never imagined I’d be able to do so from such a personal angle. In that sense, Visions — and Ronin in specific — has been a gift, both as a fan and as a creator.”
Star Wars: Ronin: A Visions Novel arrives October 12 and is available for pre-order now.