27. The Truce at Bakura
Just after the destruction of the second Death Star, a saurian species known as the Ssi-ruuk looking for a fight. Former allies of Darth Vader, who has recently died, the Ssi-ruuk are interested in some war, death, and destruction. Their target is a remote Imperial outpost known as Bakura. The location of Bakura makes it vulnerable, and a distress signal probe to the Alliance may not make it in time.
Unfortunately for the reptilian invaders, however, Princess Leia is part of the rescue mission. Her vision is to extend the grasp of the Alliance diplomatically. Along with Luke, she forms an unsteady truce at Bakura between the Rebel Alliance and the Imperial forces. Their combined efforts combat the Ssi-ruuk and thwart the Imperial hold over the planet.
The great part of The Truce at Bakura is that it humanizes Luke a bit. He’s struggling internally with the news that Darth Vader is his father and Leia is his sister after Return of the Jedi closes. Additionally, he’s still reeling from the Palpatine’s Force lightning.
The story really explores not only those injuries but also the internalization of his father’s death. Luke’s vulnerability is really relatable. He’s lonely and uncertain. Not quite the superhero wielder of the Force to which we’re accustomed.