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A series written by ruth baulding on Fan, this serves as an Alternate Universe version of Jedi Apprentice. Featuring loads of Character Development and plenty of combat, both of the lightsaber and snark kind, they provide an intriguing possible view into another universe.

The installments are:

  • Lineage I. The one with Obi-Wan becoming Qui-Gon's apprentice. An adaptation of Jedi Apprentice 1: The Rising Force and Jedi Apprentice 2: The Dark Rival.
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  • Lineage II. The one with the Guerreras and an evil brainwashing cult. An adaptation of Jedi Apprentice 3: The Hidden Past.
  • Lineage III. The one with Xanatos DuCrion, Sifo-Dyas, and Obi-Wan being a bit of a rebel. An adaptation of Jedi Apprentice 7: The Captive Temple.
  • Lineage IV. The one with the AgriCorps and a heck of a lot of UST between Obi-Wan and Siri. Oh, and a Force-sensitive serial killer.
  • Lineage V. The one with Jenna Zan Arbor. An adaptation of Jedi Apprentice 11: The Deadly Hunter and Jedi Apprentice 12: The Evil Experiment.
  • Lineage VI. The one with an undercover assignment and a deep breach of trust.
  • Lineage VII. The one with even more UST between Obi-Wan and Siri.
  • Lineage VIII. The one with the farce of a trial and the return of Jenna Zan Arbor.
  • Lineage IX. The one with darkness, Dooku, and a Dathomiri holocron.
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  • Lineage X. The one with Melida-Daan and a desperate choice. A (very loose) adaptation of Jedi Apprentice 5: The Defenders of the Dead.
  • Lineage XI. The one with a lot of revelations, and mending of bridges.

It has a sequel series, Legacy, chronicling Obi-Wan's exploits and (mis)adventures as a Jedi Knight.

  • Legacy: The one with Obi-Wan posing as a Togorian demigod (No, seriously).
  • Legacy II: The one with Obi-Wan's most difficult challenge yet: dealing with his family.
  • Legacy III: The one with an Outer Rim patrol, a lot of flying around in uncivilized areas, and a Sith Lord.
  • Legacy IV: The one with a pirate, a Sith Lord, and a small, garrulous vergence in the Force. An adaptation of The Phantom Menace.
  • Legacy V: The one with Anakin adjusting to Temple life.
  • Legacy VI: The one with the Teth dynasty. Abandoned.

Other installments include:

  • Because I Said So: An early story set just a couple of months after Lineage I, during which Obi-Wan goes on his first official mission, and learns obedience.
  • Growing Pains: A series of vignettes set during the Lineage series.
  • Restoration: A sequel to Lineage VI, as Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan work to rebuild their trust.
  • By Proxy: Obi-Wan is forced to take over Feld's padawan for 24 hours.

Lineage and Legacy contain examples of the following tropes:

  • Aborted Arc: Several. Aside from the obvious one in Legacy VI, Dooku's growing friendship with Palpatine and Zan Arbor's aims are cut off.
  • Absent-Minded Professor: Master Agrion Pertha, the Temple's resident botanist and a friend of Qui-Gon's.
  • The Ace: Obi-Wan. Master Swordsman, expert pilot (who doesn't like to fly), wise scholar, and great diplomat.
  • Ace Pilot: Garen Muln is very much this, as is Anakin. While Obi-Wan professes to hate flying, he's fairly good at it.
    • Saesee Tinn appears in Legacy III, and lives up to his reputation as this.
  • Alternate Universe: The basis of the story.
  • Batman Gambit: The Council knows that Qui-Gon ought to take a Padawan, but he himself doesn't want to. So what does the Council do? Explicitly forbid him to take a Padawan. It works like a charm.
    • In Lineage V, Dooku needs to know more about Darth Maul and his Master, so he uses a torture session to cover slipping a tracking device into the Zabrak's arm, then allows him to escape.
  • Battle in the Rain: Obi-Wan engages in one during Legacy, against a dozen tanks at once. He wins.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Feld Spruu, always laughing and cheerful, as well as a swordsman who can give Obi-Wan serious competition in the dojo.
  • Close-Knit Community: The Jedi Temple seems to be one.
  • Combat Parkour: The lightsaber form Ataru. Dooku and Adi Gallia look down on it for this.
  • Cultured Badass: Dooku and Obi-Wan bond over being this. While Yoda could be an example of this, he enjoys teasing them, feeling that the true measure of a person is on the inside, not their clothes or tea ceremony.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Pretty much everyone, but Obi-Wan takes the cake.
  • Darker and Edgier: The first five stories were fairly light, though they had their darker moments. Lineage VI contains a fairly brutal scene of Obi-Wan being whipped by Qui-Gon (It Makes Sense in Context), Lineage VII has Siri dealing with the aftereffects of rape, Lineage VIII takes a brutal look at the "justice" system of the Republic, and Lineage IX through XI get steadily darker, before the tone picks up towards the end of Lineage XI.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Aside from Masters Jinn and Yoda, Master Pertha is an Absent-Minded Professor, yet one very knowledgeable in regards to botany. And, it's heavily implied, one who's nearly as much of a maverick as Qui-Gon.
  • Exact Words: Obi-Wan uses this in Lineage I to fool Qui-Gon. Both he and Qui-Gon often use this trope to deal with Obstructive Bureaucrats.
  • Foreshadowing: Obi-Wan is very interested in the Teth dynasty throughout all of the series, and then in Legacy VI, it turns out that it still exists.
    • Dooku's growing relationship with Palpatine is obviously meant to be this, but it ends up being an Aborted Arc.
  • For Want of a Nail: Due to his experiences on Melida-Daan, Obi-Wan is Knighted five years early. This also leads to him meeting Anakin about a year early, as well.
  • The Ghost: Chancellor Valorum.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Dooku says that this is what happened to Sifo-Dyas. There are signs that it's starting to happen to Dooku...
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: All Jedi are expected to have some unarmed as well as lightsaber combat skills.
  • Lighter and Softer: The first few books of Lineage (see above), and in general, Legacy.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: Dooku to Qui-Gon, Qui-Gon to Feemor, Xanatos, and Obi-Wan, Obi-Wan to Anakin.
  • Master Swordsman: Yoda, Dooku, and Mace Windu, naturally, are stand-out examples.
    • Qui-Gon is very nearly as good as Mace, and Obi-Wan and Maul are pretty much equal (and more or less even with Qui-Gon).
  • The Mole: In Lineage II, Sifo-Dyas; in Lineage III, it's Choollo.
  • Mythology Gag: Obi-Wan's Force visions occasionally contain references to the main films, such as seeing Qui-Gon on a funeral pyre and asking his Master what will become of him.
    • Obi-Wan has a dubiously canon brother named Owen. In Legacy II, it turns out that he has a cousin adopted as a brother, named Owen.
  • Papa Wolf: Qui-Gon is very protective of Obi-Wan, though his teaching methods are... unconventional, to say the least.
    • When Troon Palo hears that Qui-Gon has upset his precious charge, he swears to himself that he'll put the man in a headlock and throttle him with his own tunics.
  • Posthumous Character: Chakora Seva, an OC from 400 years before, provides many quotes utilized by Obi-Wan and occasionally Qui-Gon.
  • Psychic Block Defense: Every trained (and even some untrained) Sensitive has this, to a greater or lesser extent.
  • Purple Prose: There's lots of this.
  • A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: Xanatos, whom Qui-Gon views as his greatest failure.
  • Rage Against the Mentor: It's heavily implied that Qui-Gon did plenty of this to Dooku as a Padawan. Xanatos, naturally, has a far greater antagonistic relationship with Qui-Gon.
    • Obi-Wan has a moment of this towards the end of Lineage VII, when he calls Qui-Gon a hypocrite for telling him to not get attached to Siri even though Qui-Gon's clearly done the same with regards to Tahl.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Yoda and Mace, though they fall on the stricter end of the spectrum, are ultimately this, as is Qui-Gon, who's generally kinder.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Obi-Wan pretends to be a Togorian demigod in order to settle a planetary conflict.
    • This is Qui-Gon's usual MO, such as in Legacy II, when his solution to the election dispute is to make sure there's no election. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Ship Tease: Loads between Obi-Wan and Siri, and plenty between Qui-Gon and Tahl.
  • Space Police: The Jedi are mostly a mix between this and Ambadassador. Some focus more on one, some on the other.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: Qui-Gon will choose Good every time. Obi-Wan and Mace will, while irritated, usually choose Good if they can't Take a Third Option.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Qui-Gon and Mace, Qui-Gon and Plo Koon, Obi-Wan and Garen, and Obi-Wan and Feld all snark at each other regularly, but also care deeply for one another.
  • With Great Power: Jedi are trained to believe this since childhood.
  • World of Snark: Almost every main character, and plenty of the minor ones, get into the snarking.