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Monday, November 28, 2011

Carrick Station? Say, that sounds familiar...

The Old Republic MMORPG is on the launchpad — and as players of the beta are now able to report, there is at least one familiar name to be found: Carrick Station, an important hub. The game's site is here; Google a bit, and you'll get a look at the location itself.


I've been asked a few times already about whether there's a direct in-universe connection between that naming and the Carrick from the Knights of the Old Republic comics. It's not my project to speak to (though I have spoken with the fine folks behind it), so all I can really do here is state what everyone already knows. There are many years between the settings, and a lot of Carricks in the galaxy — including in Zayne's family alone! — so there may be a connection, or maybe not. Time will, of course, tell — time, and the stories in between!

Which is a good reason to get your order in for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic — War #1 at your local comics retailer. Zayne as we knew him wasn't a very popular person with the Republic — nobody was going to be naming anything after him. But his life is about to change again, drastically. Could he finally be in line for the acclaim his actions deserve — or will things go from bad to worse? With Zayne's luck, you never know!

There are several fun callback nuggets in the TOR game, or so I've been told — including even in the server names, I'm told. (Update: Look in the comments here for a whole bunch of them, from Dreypa's Oubliette to Rohlan Dyre.) Enjoy the game — less than a month now until it goes live for everyone!
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8 comments:

darth-malachi said...

Some server names I picked from official @swtor Twitter feed (didn't participate in beta myself):

Rogue Moon
The Hot Prospect
Pulsipher
Flames of the Crucible
Dreypa's Oubliette
The Moomo Williwaw

Chani said...

And:

The Last Resort
Rohlan Dyre
T1-LB
Moomo Brothers
Jedi Covenant

John Jackson Miller said...

Thanks for these! Nice little tip of the hat here -- and there's no need to explain server names in continuity! :)

JF Boivin said...

Any hint on how long after KOTOR#50 the new series will start? Is it going to be numbers "#51 in a series" in the indicia?

John Jackson Miller said...

JF, I think we have an interview coming up that addresses your first question -- though I think we have said there isn't a long interval. For reference, though, KOTOR #50 ended in the waning days of 3963, exactly one year after KOTOR #3. The year turns from 3964 to 3963 during "Flashpoint." Approximately, that is...

As to your second question, I may address numbering in a blog post this week -- I've been meaning to blog more, anyway!

Heimir said...

I've seen a few more connections to your work in the game. A companion to the bounty hunter comments on a statue of Darth Revan, saying "I've heard Revan took that mask off a dead Mandalorian during the war", or something like that.

And there is a Mandalorian whose rank is Rally Master. Weren't both your work?

I love these small things readers of the comic series can spot and recognise.

John Jackson Miller said...

Interesting! The mask did come from a dead Mandalorian, though the body had been incinerated. That story was in #42.

As for the rally masters, the concept of the red-level Neo-Crusaders came from the first game -- I just gave them a name. Mandalorians are really decentralized and non-hierarchical so I couldn't see using any kind of traditional rank names. (Though there is a bit of hierarchy in the whole Neo-Crusader movement, as we have seen.)

Heimir said...

And I just came across some codex (an in-game encyclopedia) entries on the events in the comics as well, from the Padawan Massacre to the Jedi Covenant to the events of Vector. Zayne is a central focus in all of them.

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