As Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker crawls its way toward the billion dollar mark, folks are beginning to dig deeper into the additional lore of the film. As a companion to the film, Lucasfilm has released Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary, a book full of art from the films and incidental details. And one detail points to the re-canonization of Darth Revan, the lead character of BioWare's much-loved Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and two villains from Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
One page of the book talks about Sith Troopers, the red-clad soldiers of Palpatine's Final Order fleet. Each Sith Trooper legion is named after an ancient Sith Lord. The legions listed in the visual dictionary are:
- The 3rd: Revan Legion
- The 5th: Andeddu Legion
- The 17th: Tanis Legion
- The 26th: Tenebrous Legion
- The 39th: Phobos Legion
- The 44th: Desolous Legion
There was previously a mention of a Recovered Jedi Crusader Pendant, which had a fragmented crystal from Sith lightsaber mounted within. This showed up in Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary, as an items in the home of Luke Skywalker. The Crusaders were the Jedi tasked with fighting the Mandalorians, and fans assumed that the pendant belonged to Revan.
Revan standing at the forefront is a testament to the enduring popularity of Knights of the Old Republic and Revan in particular. BioWare brought the character back in Star Wars: The Old Republic, but like KOTOR, the events of that game are not canon. Lucasfilm has previously hinted at Revan's return in other media. Star Wars: Rebels mentioned the Mandalorian Wars in the episode "Trials of the Darksaber", a conflict that involved Darth Revan and actually ended in Knights of the Old Republic 2. Star Wars: The Clone Wars also had a deleted scene that would've brought Revan back, but that scene never made it to the final episode.
Darth Phobos and Darth Desolous were villains in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Phobos was an ancient Sith Lord who reigned 2,000 years prior to the events of the original trilogy. Darth Desolous was an even older figure, a Jedi Master who fell to the dark side during the Sith War, around 3,000 years prior to the original trilogy. The Force Unleashed's Starkiller faced both as simulations within the Jedi Temple, thought Desolous's simulation showed enhanced power and intelligence.
These additions do not mean that the stories these characters were involved in are canon again. Since banishing most of the Expanded Universe to "Legends" in 2014, Lucasfilm has slowly taken some of the best stuff and re-incorporated it in the Star Wars universe. Grand Admiral Thrawn, a popular character created by Timothy Zahn, rejoined canon in Star Wars: Rebels, a trilogy of Thrawn novels, and a Marvel Comics mini-series. While Thrawn had many of the hallmarks that caused him to become a fan-favorite, his backstory was changed to fit the new timeline. So while Revan is back, we're not exactly sure what form the old Sith Lord will take or they even turned back to the Light, as the events of KOTOR suggested.
Regardless, there's still hope for Revan fans. Lucasfilm is also reportedly working on a film based on Knights of the Old Republic, written by Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar, Shutter Island). That project is not yet official, but Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said that KOTOR was something the studio was developing. So maybe Revan could see a more direct return in the future.
In the mean time, there's still other Star Wars to enjoy. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was an excellent surprise from Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts, giving players hot Jedi action some time after Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. The game featured a number of Easter Eggs for long-time Star Wars fans, and we have a whole host of helpful guides, if you're already on the journey of Cal Kestis.