* Grand Admiral Thrawn orders General Covell's ground troops deployed from the Chimaera to raid smuggler Talon Karrde's base on Myrkr.
* Secretly alerted, Constrainer comes out of hyperspace slightly after Mara, second in command on the Wild Karrde senses danger and acts.
* Thrawn is recruiting allies with warships and building up the Mount Tantiss operation on Wayland.
* On Jomark, Jedi Master C'baoth feels an odd tremor in the Force but senses no personal danger.
* At the Sluis Van Central space station, damaged in an Imperial attack, Luke waits for his X-wing fighter to be repaired and Lando Calrissian waits for medical care.
* Luke and Lando thwart the notorious spaceship thief Niles Ferrier's efforts to collect Thrawn's rich bounty on warships.
* Han Solo lands on Coruscant and learns from his wife, Leia, about Admiral Ackbar's house arrest.
* Ackbar's arrest is in conjunction with Imperial funds entering...
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