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 In Love and War from the Classic Board, and The Jade Prophecy 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?"