Disclaimer: All characters in the Star Wars universe are the sole property of George Lucas. Just borrowing from his creations for entertainment purposes; i.e. George owns the playground and I'm just playing in the sandbox. Summary: Set 4 months after the events of Jade Prophecy, our heroes desperately defend the New Republic against a ruthless tyrant bent on conquering the galaxy. Author's Note: This story is the third in my trilogy after [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=10154893&page=1]In Love and War[/link] from the Classic Board, and [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=12835125&replies=2]The Jade Prophecy[/link] from the Beyond the Saga Board. The summary to Jade Prophecy is posted below, and immediately following this will be the first post for A Phoenix from the Ashes, which takes place four months after the events of Jade Prophecy. I must warn you that I plan to take this story on an unusual path, unlike anything I've ever written before. As such, the build up may take a while, so please be patient, because the PAIN and ANGST I have planned for BOTH L/M and H/L should be a lot of fun . For the first few weeks, posting may be a bit dicey, but eventually, I hope to settle into Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday posts. Again, before I begin, I must thank my superlative beta reader, the lovely, talented Gabri_Jade , my evil twin (the REAL Mara Jade! ), and must confess here and now that while Han and Leia are my first love, I never wrote a line about Mara Jade without wondering, "What would Gabri think of this?"