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A Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse novel by Creator/AlanDeanFoster. Labelled as a prologue to ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', ''The Approaching Storm'' is the story of the "border dispute on Ansion" that Obi-Wan Kenobi has just returned from dealing with when he and Anakin Skywalker are assigned to protect Senator Amidala.

Together with Jedi Knight [[LadyOfWar Luminara]] [[TheStoic Unduli]] and her Padawan learner [[ActionGirl Barriss Offee]], Obi-Wan and Anakin are sent to the tiny but strategic planet of Ansion to resolve a border dispute between the world's nomad tribes and the city-folk that will cause the city faction to secede from the Republic if a compromise is not reached. The reason that the Republic has sent four Jedi to settle a seemingly insignificant dispute is that Ansion is enmeshed in so many treaties that if it secedes, a great number of other Republic worlds will have no choice but to join the Confederacy.

On their [[TheQuest quest]] to broker an agreement between the townspeople and the Alwari Nomads, the four Jedi encounter many obstacles, including ravenous wildlife, several kidnapping attempts and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking having to provide the entertainment at a banquet in their honour]].
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!!Tropes:

* BigDamnHeroes: Obi-Wan and Anakin arrive just in time to aid a flagging Luminara and Barriss in the fight against a group of {{Mooks}} that attacked them in the streets of Cuipernam.
* BullyingADragon: A gang of men decide they want to take a look under Luminara's robes. Then they realise that she's carrying a lightsaber.
* DeadpanSnarker: Luminara, Barriss, Obi-Wan... Even their narration is snarky at times.
* TheDragon: Ogomoor to Soergg the Hutt.
* ExactWords: Obi-Wan uses this ploy when the Jedi are asked to intervene in the war between the two most powerful Alwari tribes.
--> ''You asked us to help you deal with your traditional enemies... Nothing was ever said about helping you defeat them.''
* HiddenDepths: This is the reason that the Yiwa ask their guests to provide the entertainment at feasts in their honour. In doing so, they prove that they, like the Yiwa themselves, have souls and thus the clansmen as far more likely to listen to their requests. Barriss proves that a lightsaber can be a thing of beauty when she uses it as part of a dance based around the points of the compass, something of particular meaning to the nomadic Yiwa. Anakin sings a song that his mother used to sing to him as a child, surprising both himself and Obi-Wan as he's never shown any aptitude for music before. Obi-Wan proves to be a brilliant storyteller, not only crafting a tale that keeps everyone entranced, but doing so in the Yiwa's own dialect. Luminara creates a swirling sculpture out of sand, levitating herself in the centre of complex interlocking shells of the tiny particles and showing that she possesses spectacular control of the Force.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Although Soergg the Hutt is apparently responsible for the various attacks on the Jedi, he is actually working for Shu Mai, a future member of the Separatist Council. But even she reports to Count Dooku.
* TheNapoleon: Tooqui. He's a member of the Gwurran species which, is the Ansionian equivalent to Neanderthals ([[AllCavemenWereNeanderthals the group we see even live in caves]]). However, he is highly intelligent and ambitious for a member of such a species. Upon learning that the traveling nomads he tried to steal from mare from another world, he wants to join them on the adventure, for his own ego at first. He also had to frustrate the Jedi in rhetorical debate on the subject. He does prove his worth later [[spoiler:by masterminding a stampede of wild livestock against a traveling camp that captured the party]].
* TheWatson: Barriss, and Anakin to a lesser extent. Also Ogomoor with respect to Soergg's plots.
* ThisCannotBe: Used by Soregg late in the game. This use is {{Discusse|dTrope}}d {{In|nerMonologue}}ternally by [[TheWatson Ogomoor]]:
--> ''Adroit fellow that he was, Ogomoor was able to divine several things simultaneously from his master's exclamation. First, when someone declares loudly and violently that something is not possible, it is probably an accomplished fact. Second, things that are supposed to not be possible that become reality almost always imply negative consequences. [[RuleOfThree And third,]] there was no point in hurrying from the room because in all probability he would immediately receive an order to return.''
* ZergRush: The technique that a group of [[{{Mooks}} hired assassins]] try to use on Barriss and Luminara, and one of only two strategies that such a group could use that would actually pose a treat to the two Jedi, the other being lulling them into a false sense of security.
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