"You're wrong! You have made your own Order vulnerable. The fate of the Jedi now rests with leaders who are weaker and less experienced than you. That decline will continue until the Order is locked in a hopeless struggle with its government and all but helpless. Then it will die again."
Fate of the Jedi is a nine-book novel series in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, set about two years after Legacy of the Force. Like that series, it's being written by three rotating authors: Aaron Allston, Christie Golden (who replaced Karen Traviss after she dropped out), and Troy Denning.A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far Far Away... Jedi started having delusional breaks from reality and lashing out with The Force. At the same time, rumors developed of a new breed of Sith emerging into the galaxy, poised to conquer (as usual) and generally cause problems. Our hero, Luke Skywalker, was basically unable to stop any of this, and public opinion swung against the Jedi in general, to the point where he was exiled from Coruscant; however, this dovetailed with neatly with the fact that someone needed to investigate these new Sith. As he and his son Ben traveled, they experienced continued run-ins with Vestara Khai, a Sith apprentice with definite chemistry with Ben, and evidence that there something deeper and darker than them—an Eldritch Abomination that could spell doom for the entire galaxy...To Wookieepedia!
Also contains a tie-in series, Lost Tribe of the Sith:
Lost Tribe of the Sith: Precipice (2009)
Lost Tribe of the Sith: Skyborn (2009)
Lost Tribe of the Sith: Paragon (2010)
Lost Tribe of the Sith: Savior (2010)
Lost Tribe of the Sith: Purgatory (2010)
Lost Tribe of the Sith: Sentinel (2011)
Lost Tribe of the Sith: Pantheon (2011)
Tropes used in the novels:
Aborted Arc: The way that Jaina breaks up with Jag, only for the relationship to instantly get repaired the next book, makes it obvious that the authors back-tracked due to fan backlash.
Action Girl: Jaina, naturally. Also, Tahiri, once she becomes an agent for Jag.
Acquired Situational Narcissism: Relatively minor example, but soon after Kenth Hamner is promoted to acting head of the Jedi order, he starts calling himself Grand Master Hamner.
Explained quite well as an attempt to gently remind the other Jedi that he has been placed in charge (it is technically his rank, after all). He also realizes why it fails to help him any; The Jedi being very individualistic, they hold more value in actions then titles, and when they start to disapprove of his recent actions, his emphasis on the title does more harm then good.
A Handful for an Eye: Done twice in Backlash, once semi-successfully by a Dathomiri against Luke and once very successfully by Dyon.
Arc Welding: Apocalypse ties in elements from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, explaining that the Father, the Son, and the Daughter, who may have been Celestials, once lived on Abeloth's planet in the distant past. Abeloth herself started out as a mortal woman, known only as the Servant, who came to ingratiate herself with the family of Force-wielders and eventually joined them as the Mother. However, her mortality prevented her from staying with her beloved family forever and in a fit of madness, she drank from the Font of Power and bathed in the Pool of Knowledge, forever corrupting herself and transforming into the Dark Side entity known as Abeloth. The Father cursed her for her selfish deed and departed for Mortis with his family, leaving her alone to wallow in her misery and loneliness for millenia. The Son and Daughter later enlisted the help of the Killiks to create Centerpoint and Sinkhole Stations, as a means of keeping Abeloth sealed.
Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: It's believed that the Celestials were once physical beings that managed to find a way to ascend into pure Force entities, or maybe it was the other way around.
A Simple Plan: Han and Leia just wanted to take their granddaughter pet shopping. Instead, they wind up with a Jedi going insane and alien predators getting released and running amok.
Although they do end up with a pet nexu.
Author Existence Failure: While not a literal example since he survived, Aaron Allston's heart attack delayed Backlash's release for several months.
Big Damn Heroes: In Vortex, Luke and Ben end up getting surrounded by an army of Sith. Then the Jedi reinforcements arrive to save the day.
Subverted in Conviction, Luke tricks Vestara so that she'll lead the Sith into an ambush.
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Daala, actually. By Conviction, she has reverted back to her old self from the books Jedi Search, Dark Apprentice, and Champions of the Force. This qualifies as Fridge Brilliance, because her persona from Legacy of the Force and subsequent books was nothing more than a disguise she projected through conscious effort. Pressure and time simply caused her disguise to completely fall apart.
Blatant Lies: Vestara's story about how she got her scar. (She was born with it.)
Bus Crash: Remember Callista? It seems that Luke discovers her as Abeloth on Abeloth's planet, only to discover that Callista had gone to the planet years ago and wound up being utterly devoured by Abeloth.
Butterfly of Doom: On Nam Chorios, the fact that the planet is laced with sentient Force-sensitive crystals means that any active use of Force powers means a powerful and destructive Force storm will form somewhere on the planet..
Cardboard Prison: Boba Fett, while breaking Daala out of prison, lampshades this by pointing out all of the inherent security flaws in most modern prisons and takes advantage of all of them.
The Cassandra: Since they were raised in an environment that encourages plotting and backstabbing, the Sith are too paranoid to trust anything Luke says.
The Chosen One: Allana seems to be headed this way with the frequency of people having visions of her sitting on the Throne of Balance (i.e. having some big part to play in leading the galaxy).
Anakin Solo however deconstructs this idea in Abyss. He feels it isn't fair for anybody to place all their hopes on one person.
Anakin: Every Jedi Knight has to be his own light, because the light shouldn't go out when one Jedi dies.
In Vortex, Taalon sees the vision of Allana and is scared out of his mind of the idea of the galaxy being ruled by a "Jedi Queen." Even Abeloth seems determined not to let this future come to pass. In Conviction, a Sith strike team attempts to assassinate Tenel Ka because they (correctly) fear that she is or will be the mother of the Jedi Queen.
By Ascension, Abeloth has decided to do everything to become this Queen, as a stepping stone to godhood.
In Apocalypse it's revealed that The Throne of Balance is actually where the being in charge of the Force itself sits. It's not just stepping stone to get to godhood, it is godhood.
Contagious Powers: Each of the insane Jedi has exhibited powers that had been learned by Jacen Solo during his five-year sojourn after the New Jedi Order, however, it appears to have been stated that each Jedi never had the opportunity to learn the power from him or the people who taught him.
As of Abyss, this is no longer true. The latest insane Jedi displayed the power to alter the molecular composition of metals in order to penetrate them, something Jacen Solo never did. The link with Jacen seems to have been a Red Herring.
Comatose Canary: Played straight as a rail with Daala's conversation with a comatose Admiral Bwua'tu.
Convenient Coma: Admiral Bwua'tu falls into a coma after being attacked by fake Jedi, just so he can't actually tell anybody said Jedi were fake. Becomes an Exploited Trope after he recovers, providing a good cover for meetings of the counter-conspiracy.
Utterly and totally averted by Wynn Dorvan. Leia explains that he was once a minor bureaucrat who discovered his bosses were skimming funds. Rather than secure a cut of those ill-gotten gains, he risked his life to report the corruption to Leia, who was Chief of State at the time. And during the series proper, he repeatedly demonstrates that he's both a steady hand and a good man. Thankfully, the series ends with him in charge.
C-3PO, after several decades of exposure to Han Solo.
During our association, Captain Solo's sanity has been questioned an average of three times per month. By the psychiatric care standards of many conformist societies, that fact alone would qualify him for a cell in the Asylum Block. (Omen)
Allana also seems to have picked up some of Han's snarking ability, and manages to combine it with Leia's wit.
The world Abeloth was stranded on was populated with aggressiveflora and everything was trying to kill the Sith search team. This happens anywhere Abeloth stays for more than five seconds. Her world even reverts back a more normal world once she departs. Animals eat plants instead of the other way around, turns out this is how she feeds and grows stronger.
Nam Chorios is another one: on top of the freezing temperatures, winds, and droch bugs/plague, the heroes can't use the Force without causing devastating storms.
Democracy Is Bad: The Galactic Alliance is a bad joke. Their head of state is a former imperial admiral once tasked with protecting the R&D installation that built the prototype for the weapon that destroyed Alderaan, who later went to war against the New Republic and was basically installed in her position by the military, and the legislature somehow accepted all of this, implies that there are not many sane politicians running things. By the end of the series things are looking a lot better.
Deus ex Machina: This, being invoked in order to stop Abeloth in the ancient past, is discussed in Apocalypse. In the time of the novels, a Killik hive attempts to exploit this, but it turns out to be a mistake.
Deus Exit Machina: Luke and Ben are both unable to deal with Daala consolidating her power because they are elsewhere. Of course, where they are may be more important.
In Allies, Luke apparently manages to kill a literal Eldritch Abomination with some Sith assistance. Unfortunately, it gets better.
In Conviction, Luke does more permanent damage to her, by removing Callista, and causing one of the other people she absorbed to kill himself.
In Apocalypse, Abeloth is finally defeated, but she's not fully dead yet, just severely weakened.
Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?: Abeloth has a thing for Luke. It is explained in Conviction: Callista was partially intact, influencing Abeloth's actions in different ways. After Luke helps Callista to die, this obsession ends.
Distant Prologue: To the Legacy comics. Sets up and hints at everything from the Empire becoming a major player again to the One Sith.
The ending Apocalypse makes this very clear. Darth Krayt arrives to aid in the final battle against Abeloth and it is explained that Jacen's actions were not done to prevent the rise of the "Dark Man" but to stop his daughter from standing by his side. With the Dark Man all but said to be Krayt and the text's discussion that the future may have only been slightly altered or postponed, the set up for Legacy is firmly established.
The Dog Bites Back: In Vortex, Taalon beats up Vestara several different times to advance the Sith agenda (as he sees it). After she sees that he's turning into an Eldritch Abomination, she kills him.
Eldritch Location: Abeloth's home planet. Plants eat animals, animals photosynthesize, and it seems to be the location of Force purgatory. And it's in the middle of a black hole cluster. Can't forget that.
Freedom Flight is an analogue to the real life Underground Railroad.
Haydnat Treen is an expy of Viqi Shesh from NJO, except instead of collaborating with the Yuuzhan Vong, she is working for Imperial hardliners.
Even Evil Has Standards: Vol, the Grand High Lord of the Lost Tribe of the Sith. In Ascension, he comes face to face with Abeloth's true form, recognizing her for what she is and the evil that she represents. Far from trying to take control of it or enslave it like the Sith had planned up until that point, he roundly rejects any chance of alliance in horror at how evil she truly is, culminating in a mental duel that results in Abeloth being wounded almost as badly as she was in her encounters with Luke.
Everythings Deaderwith Zombies: The Sith Ghouls empowered by Abeloth in Apocalypse. Their attacks leave patches of dead skin and are especially deadly to a Stomper marine's armor.
Evil vs. Evil: The battle between the Sith and Nightsisters at the end of Backlash.
Failsafe Failure: Subverted. While planning for a possible coup against Daala, the Jedi learn that they can lock down the entire Senate Hall on command by tricking the security system into thinking the Hall is under attack by the Yuuzhan Vong. Even though the Yuuzhan Vong are no longer a serious threat, nobody bothered to remove the program. Similarly, Daala is broken out of prison thanks to exploiting several failsafes in the prison security system, such as vents not being sealed in the event of a gas attack so that the gas can be vented out.
Face Stealer: How was Abeloth able to take Callista's form and mess with Luke? Because she devoured her several years ago. She also devours several other characters in the course of the story.
Fetch Quest: The Aing-Ti send Luke and Ben out to recover some of their holy relics that their religion prevents them from touching. Luke and Ben ponder the Fridge Logic as to how they collected the relics in the first place.
Foregone Conclusion: A minor example. The end of this particular story arc, as well as the fate of most characters by the end of it, is all up for grabs. However, this happens to mark the first appearance of The One Sith in the novels, and they are going to triumph at some point in the future.
Since Luke has several direct descendants living by the time of Star Wars: Legacy, it's pretty much a given that Ben will live long enough to have at least one kid.
Four Is Death: Not Backlash itself, no. Nor do any villains come in fours. But chapter 4 of Ascension definitely qualifies. Abeloth destroys the City of Glass.
From a Single Cell: Despite her two remaining manifestations being destroyed and being beaten up in the Spirit World, Abeloth is described as shrinking into a miniscule force presence. In the epilogue, a group has been sent on a quest to retrieve the Dagger of Mortis to finish the job.
From Bad to Worse: All of Ascension just seems to pile things getting worse on top of each other. First, the Lost Tribe's capital city is wiped out by a vengeful Abeloth, then Abeloth and her Lost Tribe cronies vanish into the galaxy, leaving Luke and co. out of luck. Then the Jedi leave Coruscant, only for it to be revealed that the Lost Tribe's already there, and starting to take over, but fortunately the Jedi know about it. What they don't know is that Abeloth is also there, using taking over of the Galactic Alliance as a stepping stone to her ascension to godhood.
Han: "Oh, right. My mistake. Nobody move, this is a coup."
General Ripper: The series points out why it's an extremely bad idea to put one (like Daala) into a position of power. It becomes extremely apparent when losing her position makes her revert to her former self.
Helium Speech: Ben decides to annoy his father near the end of Outcast with this jaunty little piece:
Where fields once grew, a road runs through, and buildings hide the sun, Where grass of green could once be seen, are only gray and brown. My childhood home, while I did roam, became a place of sadness. Now I return, my heart does yearn for times of light and gladness.
Luke: You want me to take a Sith who's trustworthiness seems to depend on the time of day, the season, and the phases of whatever moons happen to be nearby, on a potentially dangerous mission to the Sith homeworld?
Hero with Bad Publicity: Played with when Han attempts to act menacing but his reputation gets in the way. Han would like people to think he is dead serious when he threatens them with a blaster. But as the person he is threatening reminds him, Han Solo has been a galactic hero and household name for several decades now nobody believes he will shoot unarmed bystanders. Naturally he is right, much to Han's annoyance.
Wynn Dorvan is shown to be an extremely skilled sabacc player after he wins a sabacc tournament against hundreds of the best players in the galaxy.
In Conviction, Han proves that he actually knows how to manipulate people into doing what he wants without having to actually shoot them. Leia is extremely impressed.
Even before that, in Vortex, he played Daala like a fiddle, and even had to hide his confidence so that he wouldn't give his plan away.
Hidden Elf Village: Quite a few actually. The Sanctuary of the Baran Do Sages, the Aing-Ti world, Sinkhole Station for the Mind Walkers, the island community for the Fallanassi, and Kesh for the Lost Tribe of the Sith.
Hope Spot: The middle of Ascension: Luke is back on Coruscant and is leading the Jedi Order once again; Moff/Senatorial conspiracy is falling apart; all three villains (Abeloth, Daala and Lost Tribe) are on the run with few resources left; Vestara chooses to become a Jedi and Wynn Dorvan is about to be elected Chief of State. And then it all goes to hell.
Luke: Tell you what, if you think it's wrong for you to think of them as ugly, just think of how you look to them. Short, squat, unlined skin, a nose that puffs up like a rodent, tiny little mouth with jagged white things in it, a horrible shrub-like growth on your head.
Ben: This, from the man who's worn a bowl-cut hairstyle almost all his adult life.
Hurricane of Puns: In Conviction, Threepio has a bomb implanted into him by Sith assassins. After it's discovered and removed, R2 can't stop making puns at Threepio's expense.
Karmic Death: In Allies, Captain Faala is killed in the Mind Walker realm when the angry spirits of her old enemies drag her to her death.
Karma Houdini: Cha Niathal. Daala tries to avert this (even though she admits she would only give her a show trial), but Niathal avoids even that by killing herself. Haydnat Treen is a borderline example; she is never brought to justice within the series, but her crimes do come to light, and her political career is over.
Luke: So you are a couple with every one of your political opponents?
Snaplaunce: Oh, well struck, Master Skywalker.
Lost Tribe: The Lost Tribe of the Sith, obviously.
Ludicrous Gibs: Apocalypse describes the results of being squashed by a piece of building, split in two lengthwise by a lightsaber, splattered on the floor due to a malfunctioning transport tube, and being caught in the fiery disintegration of a flying vehicle.
Mirax Horn gets her moment when she slaps Colonel Wruq Retk so hard, it knocks him unconscious. This is because he's got her carbonite-imprisoned children hanging on the wall like trophies. And, to add to this, Retk is a Yaka.
Leia, of course. Jag even Lampshades it when he comments on how he feels sorry for the poor bastard who attempted to assassinate them and put Allana in danger. She even beheads a Sith who was threatening Allana without a second thought.
Apocalypse reveals that Jacen's previous actions in Legacy of the Force by trying to change the future were what freed Abeloth from her prison.
Retroactively compounds what was already a Nice Job Breaking It, Hero moment from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. By getting The Son and The Daughter killed, The Father and Anakin Skywalker removed the forces that were keeping Abeloth from becoming a major galaxy-threatening problem.
Open Secret: All of the Jedi Masters and quite a few Jedi Knights already know about the "secret" Barabel nest under the Temple.
Papa Wolf: Corran's children (Valin and Jysella) are imprisoned in carbonite thanks to their going crazy and Mr. Horn himself is not happy.
Paparazzi: Javis Tyrr; all right, so he's only one guy, but he more than fits. Also plenty of unnamed ones in Outcast, especially after Valin's rampage.
People's Republic of Tyranny: Despite Leia arguing in Legacy of the Force that attaining the post of Chief of State of the GFFA through any means other than election (which is what her son Jacen did) is unconstitutional, Daala is basically installed in the position by military leaders. This is only emphasized by an aversion of the Good Republic, Evil Empire trope. The previous and current leaders of the Empire, Gilad Pellaeon and Jagged Fel, are often shown as being far more benevolent and trustworthy leaders of their authoritarian state than Daala is of the nominally democratic GFFA.
Philosophical Parable: For a while, each book had Luke and Ben visiting a different locale to learn about Jacen's fall, and the episodes tended to resemble this. Backlash downplayed this: while Jacen did train with the Witches of Dathomir, that plot point was not present in the novel. Allies averted this trope entirely, while Vortex and Conviction don't even mention Jacen's motivations.
While not exactly evil (at first), Chief of State Daala certainly has her qualms about the Jedi and won't hesitate to use government resources to put them in line. There is, however, quite a bit of irony to her running the galaxy from a planet (Coruscant) that she once hatched a plot to destroy. Fortunately, she is not as brilliant of a strategist as her reputation makes her out to be.
Head of State Abeloth plays this straighter than Daala, at one point threatening to decimate Coruscant's population because they didn't help keep the Jedi away from her. And she partly succeeds too.
Properly Paranoid: After the assassination attempt on Admiral Bwua'tu, Daala is (correctly) convinced that somebody is trying to frame the Jedi for it, because in her mind, if the Jedi really wanted to kill him, they would not have failed. Plus, they wouldn't be crazy enough to try and fake a failed assassination attempt.
Psychic-Assisted Suicide: In Vortex, Abeloth and the Fallanassi (who are under her control) drive dozens of Sith mad with Illusions. This causes some of them kill themselves..
Reassigned to Antarctica: Borleias, once one of the most strategically valuable planets in the galaxy due to its proximity to Coruscant, is now home to a small outpost where military careers are sent to die.
Recycled In Space: In Conviction, the conspirators' plot to remove Daala is suspiciously parallel to that of the conspirators in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
The Lost Tribe of the Sith had assumed that the Sith had long ago conquered the galaxy while they were stuck on Kesh. Ship sets em straight. Their reaction? Let's go out and set things right by conquering everything!
Some part of Abeloth is no one else but Callista.
In Ascension: The slave revolts are being caused by Imperial conspirators.
Rule of Three: In Conviction, Lieutenant Jevon Thewles' apartment is being raided:
Jevon: "Can I get up?"
Jevon: "Can I get up?"
Jevon: "Can I get up?"
Guard: "Yes, sit up."
Jevon: "Can I get dressed?"
Sacrificial Lamb: Kani, who volunteers to go speak with the Mandalorians outside the Temple, reasoning that they won't feel threatened by an unarmed teenager. Unfortunately for her, this means that their leader has no qualms about unceremoniously shooting her dead in public.
Secret Police: In Allies, it's implied that Daala is seriously considering using the Mandalorians as a covert "peacekeeping" force by sending them to conflict zones on the payroll of GA front companies to put them under the guise of protecting corporate interests. Then in Conviction, she starts doing it openly, which means that eventually no one of importance really protests when the Jedi remove her from power.
Self-Made Orphan: In Ascension, Vestara kills her father. Her mother was already killed earlier when Abeloth destroyed the Sith capital.
Sequel Hook: The final novel reveals that there is a second major Sith faction separate from the Lost Tribe. Also, Abeloth isn't truly dead, and the only way to truly kill her is to find the Dagger of Mortis.
Shaped Like Itself: Boba Fett's disguise. He even changes his body language so people will think someone's impersonating him.
In Conviction, when at a bar, Moff Lecersen orders a drink called the "Sonic Screwdriver".
Ben's line: "What if you're Luke Skywalker today and Darth Starkiller tomorrow?" 'Starkiller' was the original last name assigned to Luke in early drafts of Star Wars. It's been referenced in various ways in much of the EU.
Luke and Ben's visit to the Hidden Ones' sanctuary is an intentional reference to the underworld of Greek mythology.
Spell My Name with an S: In Allies, Dyon Stadd, Kyp Durron, and Gilad Pellaeon's last names are consistently misspelled Stad, Durran, and Pallaeon. Also, the plurals "Jedis" and "Siths" are used.
Spirit World: Where the Mind Walkers go when they use their eponymous power (which seems to be some sort of astral projection), which may or may not be the netherworld of the Force. Evidence towards the former is the fact that Mara appears to be in some sort of purgatory after the events of Sacrifice.
Stab the Scorpion: Variation: At one point in the duel, Darth Krayt force drains Luke Skywalker and Abeloth, indicating that he turned against Luke. It is later revealed that the force drain was in fact simply his attempt at holding down Abeloth alone, Luke was only caught in it because he was in close proximity to Abeloth when it hit.
Star-Crossed Lovers: At the end of Ascension, Vestara considers her relationship with Ben to be this.
There's specifically a Kyp Durron reality show. Kyp says, "There goes my social life."
Also, the series seems to be one huge plot thread pointing that in retrospect, making Daala the Galactic Alliance Head of State was pretty much a very bad idea.
Moff Getelles: Natasi Daala has been an erratic officer, a laser cannon with a malfunctioning actuator if you will, since she was an ensign in the Imperial Navy, and her recent actions bear out this diagnosis.
Teleporters and Transporters: The Aing-Tii can use the force to teleport themselves and objects. Mostly notably they use it and Flow-walking to navigate the rift where they live. They end up teaching Luke how to do this.
That Man Is Dead: The philosophy of the Baran Do sages who retreat into their sanctuary. Their old life on the surface is over and dead, so they must take a new name.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Luke gives one to the Barran Do sages and the Hidden One about how hiding away in their caverns is not living in tune with the Force. He didn't do this to insult them, but to point out the problems in their philosophy.
This Is Gonna Suck: The moment Raynar Thul tells the Killik Queen that Abeloth has escaped, the Queen goes crazy and begins ordering her drones to prepare for the coming apocalypse.
They Do: It took them over fifteen years to get there, but Jaina and Jag finally get married.
Title Drop: See the Hidden One's rant at the top of the page.
Too Dumb to Live: During the Jedi coup, a cameraman breaches the security line around the Senate Hall and starts moving forward to get a better shot as the security officers, busy trying to hold off an angry mob, yell at him to stop since he's about to walk into range of the giant automated laser cannons designed to shoot intruders. A security officer is forced to shoot the cameraman with a stun bolt to keep him from getting vaporized.
Tragic Villain: Vestara sees herself as this after she commits murder to save Ben from toxic fumes.
Trash of the Titans: The Mind Walkers in Sinkhole station are so busy meditating that they don't clean up anything ever.
Two Lines, No Waiting. Luke and Ben try to find the truth about Jacen. Daala's not cut out for administration, to put it mildly. Then there's the Lost Tribe of the Sith. And Abeloth. And Force psychosis. And Jaina and Jag's engagement. And minor plots along the way, like Allana going to a petting zoo or the current slavery storyline. Lot of stuff going on.
The Uriah Gambit: Tahiri's prison warden was a close friend of Pellaeon, so in order to get revenge on her, he deliberately places her within the general prison population, which mostly consists of criminals that the Jedi have put away, some of them having been personally arrested by Tahiri herself. She's also warned by her attorney to watch out for security droids that might suddenly "malfunction" around her.
Hero with Bad Publicity: She's the one that pins the blame for Jacen's fall on Luke Skywalker and forcing him into a self-imposed exile from the Jedi Order. Subverted in that the Jedi Council wishes him luck with his quest to investigate Jacen's Face-Heel Turn, and his son Ben joins his father on the quest.
In Ascension, the Sith try their hand at this, getting a hold of the media.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Abeloth's primary motivation for her atrocities was desiring to be loved, as she feared losing her family (which was largely her own fault in the first place that she did lose The Ones as her family). However, by the time of the current time in the novels, she's long abandoned the Woobie aspect of her.
Working Title: Fate of the Jedi's working title was Star Wars Odyssey.
Both Luke and Vestara can see her true form (from Wookieepedia): "...that of a woman with a large full lipped mouth so broad that it reached from ear to ear, stubby arms that protruded no more than ten centimeters from her shoulders, and hands that had long, writhing tentacles for fingers."
According to Lost Tribe mythology, Abeloth might be a Destructor, a race of powerful beings that regularly exterminate all life in the galaxy.
The Killiks try to describe what Abeloth and the Celestials are, but aren't very good at it, citing that it's something mortals simply can't comprehend.
Abeloth started out as a mortal though.
You No Take Candle: C-3PO's translation of Keshri. Justified, as the language had never been heard before by the galaxy.