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Supernatural Encounters FAQ

Supernatural Encounters discussion - YouTube

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-What's the history of the Encounters duology?

"Cult Encounters of the Star Wars Universe" and “Supernatural Encounters of the Star Wars Universe” were originally intended to be published as articles in Star Wars Gamer magazine, as followups to "The University of Sanbra Guide to Intelligent Life: The Marvel Series" in Star Wars Gamer (2000), an in-universe article Rich Handley (my co-author of Cult Encounters) and I wrote for the first issue of the magazine, with illustrations by Joe Corroney.

Although Rich and I received the greenlight from Lucasfilm, only “Cult Encounters” was far enough along when Star Wars Gamer ended in 2002. They were later conceptually reworked as "Cult Encounters: Excerpts from the Last Days of Arhul Hextrophon" and Supernatural Encounters: The Trial and Transformation of Arhul Hextrophon, novellas that had been intended for publication on the Star Wars Hyperspace service, a Lucasfilm exclusive content initiative for which several articles, novellas, and short stories had been commissioned, such as Rich Handley's “Lando Calrissian: Idiot's Array” in 2008.

The framework of Supernatural Encounters was first written at the end of 2007. Pablo Hidalgo, an old colleague from my West End Games (and SWFA) days, who was then in charge of the Star Wars site, approved it for publication on Hyperspace. I signed a licensing agreement and a tax form and proceeded. A work of this nature--involving the ancient past--required a lot of work, research, and editing to make sure everything was right, and I was given the time time to continue working on the manuscript until it was put on the schedule. Work on Supernatural Encounters was yet ongoing when, in 2010, it was abruptly announced that the new management at LFL were discontinuing Hyperspace.

Since CE and SE were never cancelled, it was hoped that they would find a new home elsewhere and I continued working on the manuscript.

In the interim, concepts from the Encounters duology were incorporated into other works by my colleagues. Ampotem Za was added in the 2007 Hyperspace article “Aliens of the Empire,” by Abel G. Peña and Rich Handley. The Rozzum and Typhojem found their way into the Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide and Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side, by Dan Wallace.

I first posted Cult Encounters on this site, followed by a beta version of Supernatural Encounters the year after to gauge whether there was enough interest to continue editing. In late 2015, Rich Handley and I approached Lucasfilm regarding these stories, and they expressed interest in publishing the works on the new Star Wars Blog. Matt Martin (of the Lucasfilm Story Group, who then ran the site) and Dan Brooks (who ran the Blog) approved them for online publication, with the plan being to put them out in parts due to the length of Supernatural Encounters. I suggested an alternative means: posting them on my personal website as Abel G. Peña had done with his SkyeWalkers (which he had released earlier that year). They could then be linked to or embedded in the Blog. They approved this plan and allowed me to continue editing the work over the coming months until it was ready, requiring only that I write an introduction for the Blog and a clear indication that it was Legends material.

When it was ready, I reached out again to LFL, but it was clear that the word on high was that they were to focus exclusively on the new canon. While this didn't come as a surprise, it was disappointing, but I posted the completed story here free to the public, which this site has done with other unpublished Star Wars works.

-Is Supernatural Encounters licensed?

Yes; I filled out the requisite legal documents (a CA-587 form, which is called a Non-Resident Withholding Allocation Worksheet and W-9 tax form) when the stories were first approved for publication by Pablo Hidalgo, the same licensing process I went through for my previous contributions to the Expanded Universe. There isn't any Lucasfilm licensing process beyond this.  The 2008 and 2015 emails between me and Lucasfilm which attest to the veracity of this can be read here.

What material is restored in the "extended edition?" Why was it cut?

For the beta version released online, I had cut out swathes of material that I felt needed more time, development, and which might conflict with Star Wars: The Old Republic. I have since restored numerous vignettes, history, and continuity pertaining to the Sith, the Mecrosa, the Sorcerers of Tund, the Sorcerers of Rhand,  forgotten wars such as the Qaldyon Reckoning, and lore cut from the Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide as well as content from Abel's unpublished “Vader's Legacy.” There is a lot of additional revisions and improvements to dialogue and characterization, as well as things normal for the editing process and to ensure continuity with pre-existing works. In addition, full-color illustrations by the amazing Chris Cold and Guillaume Ducos have been provided. The plan to continue editing the work further was understood and approved, and is typical of online Star Wars publications (such as my colleagues' stories on Hyperspace and the Wizards of the Coast website). I consider the new edition to be the definitive version.

-Will Supernatural Encounters be printed?

Supernatural Encounters exists as a free PDF to the public. But until LFL says otherwise, it cannot be sold commercially, though contributors at a certain level have received physical copies as a perk; second editions may be made available at cost.

-How did you become involved in Star Wars? What was your involvement before Supernatural Encounters?

I first wrote for West End Games thanks to Bill Smith, who invited me to write an RPGA for them (my first credit appeared in the Star Wars Gamemaster Screen, Revised Edition; 1996). I went on to contribute to the Star Wars Insider by Titan Magazines and Star Wars Gamer by Wizards of the Coast (who gained the license for Star Wars role-playing material after WEG went belly-up). My timeline was solicited and submitted to West End Games and Dark Horse Comics. Rich and I wrote introductions for the reprinted Marvel series (with an illustration by Robin Pronovost), and I provided Dark Horse with all the rare material published in the Wild Space omnibus. Other projects came and went. Abel G. Peña, Rich Handley, and I began work on Star Wars: The Essential Reader's Companion, which went to Pablo. You win some, you lose some...

Most recently, I've written several non-fiction Star Wars essays, including Secrets of the Force, by Edward Gross (St. Martin's Press, 2021), and A More Civilized Age: Exploring the Star Wars Expanded Universe, A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Exploring Star Wars Comics and A Long Time Ago: Exploring the Star Wars Cinematic Universe for Sequart Books.

-Who else worked on the Encounters duology?

There were several amazing contributors to thank. Rich Handley co-wrote Cult Encounters with me. Kyle Rawlings, my lead editor; Edward Dodds, lead editor and go-to Sith historian, Ryan "Sinrebirth" Shepherd, editor and former contributor to The Essential Atlas and The Essential Guide to Warfare, Corey Carter, editor and cartographer, as well as Patrick Maes, Harry Thornton, Robert Newnham, Greg Mitchell, Luke Van Horn, Matt Wilkins, Derek Stevens, Abel G. Peña, Neil Farnum, Michael Bjorvand, and others.

-What is the future of Supernatural Encounters?

The Atlas Appendix is out, but there is more coming down the pike, including a full-cast audio-drama and soundtrack, by Kyle Rawlings, and The SE Alien Guide, by Kevin Beentjes!

-Will Supernatural Encounters lore appear on Wookieepedia?

That's for the fans to decide. As far as I'm aware, many had already begun chronicling lore on Wookieepedia, although I believe it's current leaders have taken the stance that the work is "cancelled" (which it never was) or "unlicensed" (which is also incorrect) and have labeled it as such. I'm not involved with any of that, though I did forward my emails with Lucasfilm executives to the administrators so as to help the folks at Wookieepedia properly categorize the work, but they appear to have disregarded it.

-Is Supernatural Encounters canon?

It was written and intended to be an Expanded Universe work, and would have been categorized as C-canon in the old classification system. Of course, "Canon" means something quite different now than when I wrote the work. Matt Martin understood it to be "Legends" and approved it for publication as such; I did incorporate some elements of lore from the newer material since SE puts forth what I call a "One Canon: Three Universes" approach, which allows the EU, DU, and even Infinities to coexist, thus allowing room for all fans under the Star Wars umbrella. 

Note To Readers


It is said in times past that the Whills—that mysterious race referred to (in the very first Star Wars book in 1976) but never seen—had the ability to mentally transmit the events of their realm to those of us in the Primary Universe who were receptive and willing to tell such tales so that we might learn by their example, and yet be entertained in our own world at war. George Lucas was primary vessel for those tales, the first of many…

Supernatural Encounters came to me fully formed in November 2007, when it poured out over the course of a few days, a dense, lengthy dissertation on metaphysical subjects, esoteric races, and obscure histories, with subjects ranging from time dilations and realm distinction to ontology, cosmogony, and theology, all embedded in the tale of Arhul Hextrophon and his droid’s search for the origin of life in the Star Wars galaxy. Their quest matched my own, as I too set out to find the truth amongst the many myths and fables that have been revealed over the long years of the EU's existence. Twelve years after this story was first submitted, twenty after the idea was first conceived, the full account of their journey can at last be revealed.

I recommend first reading “The Keeper’s World,” “Tilotny Throws a Shape” and “The Pandora Effect” from the Marvel UK stories in order to get some context, and the newspaper strip, "Gambler's World." [Note: You can find them in the Marvel UK Omnibus, or The Complete Marvel Years Omnibus Vol. 3, or the Epic Collection: The Original Marvel Years Vol 3, or Star Wars Omnibus: Wild Space Volume 1 (by Dark Horse], and the Star Wars Newspaper Comics Vol 1 (by IDW) or The Newspaper Strips Vol 1 (by Marvel). It also draws on material found across the EU, including the RPG adventures, "Otherspace" and "The Darkstryder Campaign," the Ewoks films and animated series, and much more. Cult Encounters immediately precedes this story. The frame story of Supernatural Encounters occurs after the Dark Nest series and before the Legacy of the Force series.

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Atlas Appendix

Corey Carter's Supernatural Encounters Atlas is included here and in the Amazon copy of Vol 3.


 First Edition Errata


Star Wars Supernatural Encounters Is Now AVAILABLE on AMAZON! - YouTube


Note: Page numbers reflect the first edition.

  • TOC: Chapter 75 subchapter should read: A Snake in the Grass

  • TOC: Chapter 80 missing the sub-chapter title: The Bobog and the Phlog.

  • Page 161 and 162, second line and first line should read "other two" not three.

  • Page 179 and 186: 1st paragraph: Tiltony should be Tilotny.

  • Book II: Poem should read "name" in the second line, not "flame."

  • Pg. 246, Hexnote #33: Corona V should be Sol.

  • Page 688-691: Additional material to bring this section better in line with material in the Fate of the Jedi series.

  • Page 723: Second paragraph, third line should read "Darkness" not "Dark Side."

  • Appendix C: Coda: Page 977 should read: “It was only in Apeiron that he was destroyed,” not Hyperion.

  • Appendix C: Coda: Page 969 should read "descendent" not "grandson."

  • Endnotes: Book 1: Missing attribution. Quote is from Immanuel Velikovsky: Peoples of the Sea.

  • Endnotes: Book 2: Missing attribution. Quote is from the H.P. Lovecraft (HPL) poem, "Nemesis."

  • Endnotes: Chapter 52: Missing attributions: Lady Asher and Dorelle Asher were named after top-tier contributor, Debbie Sellers. Eckhart the Adder comes from Justin Eckhart (Eckhart's Ladder) who was among the first Youtubers to talk about Supernatural Encounters.

  • Hextnote #217 correction on spelling. It should be K'Kruhk.



Joe Bongiorno is the creator of the Star Wars Expanded Universe Timeline (, which publishes lost stories in the universe begun by George Lucas. He is the author of the eight-volume series Black Sabbath: The Illustrated Lyrics. Joe also runs a small-press publishing company called the Royal Publisher of Oz ( and is the creator of the Royal Timeline of Oz ( and the X-Files Chronology ( Joe has co-edited the Cyberpunk Nexus: Exploring the Blade Runner Universe, and has written essays on science-fiction and fantasy for several Sequart Books anthologies, Wizard of the Coast’s Star Wars Gamer magazine, short stories for Oziana magazine, and has contributed material to West End Games, Star Wars Insider, and Dark Horse Comics. Joe currently lives in an ever-expanding library on Long Island where he caters to the demands of five cats and two dogs.


 Thanks to George Lucas for encouraging others to expand his universe, for hiring a team to oversee it, and for supporting their efforts for 35 years! Thanks as well to the early contributors of the Expanded Universe, from Roy Thomas, Archie Goodwin, and Alan Moore, to the writers of West End Games. Upon these early works was this story built.

Thanks to Rich Handley for his work on Cult Encounters, the Marvel Aliens in Gamer #1, and his friendship over the years, and Abel G. and Susie Peña for their insight and friendship (and Waru!)

Special thanks to my proofreaders, editors, helpers, and promoters to whom I owe a debt:

Steve Bardin

Al Bernardi

Michael Brennan

Corey Carter

Edward Dodds

Neil Farnum

David Grahame

Arthur Lowery

Alex Maciel

Patrick Maes

Benjamin McDonnell

Marcus Mebes

Chayim Mescher

 Greg Mitchell

Maxine Morrell

Liisa Mountain

Robert Newnham

Kyle Rawlings

Brennan Renwick

Marcel Ryan

Alex Salcedo

Nick Schuessler

Ryan "Sinrebirth" Shepherd

Michael Steinberg

Derek Stevens

Harry Thornton

Luke Van Horn

Matt Wilkins


Thanks to my French, Spanish, and Russian language translators

Alban Leloup

Mario Alberto Escamilla

Alexander Vinogradov

Thanks also to Pablo Hidalgo for the initial opportunity, Matt Martin, Dan Brooks, Wookieepedia, the guys over at the Jedi Council Forums, and all the amazing contributors who supported this book over the years!!

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Note: Unpublished or out-of-print Star Wars stories will be taken down if/when officially released/reprinted

Supernatural Encounters

& Cult Encounters


The complete unpublished saga


Tom Veitch's unpublished bridge story between Dark Empire I and II

Heart of the Jedi 

Kenneth Flint's unpublished, previously lost Bantam novel

Abel G. Peña's Skyewalkers

Available exclusively here

Prima Guide Stories

The Tale of the Aiwha Pod

Pax Empirica The Wookiee Annhilation

Escape from Kalist

The complete story by John Morton ("Dak Ralter" in TESB)

Star Wars RPG Magazines

Dynamic (growing) list of digital Star Wars RPG magazines

Once Upon a Galaxy

Comic-strip from TV Times Magazine (Oct 1982)

Battle for Theed

Rare three-page promotional comic by Michael Stackpole

Star Wars Mythos

Sideshow Collectibles cancelled in-universe EU back-stories

Star Wars Missions books

The complete twenty book series from the OOP Scholastic series from 1997-1999

Episode I Adventures

The complete 15 book series from OOP Scholastic series from 1999-2000

The Dread Pirate Xim & The Treasure of Darth Hevel


The follow-up to

The Godform Assumption of StarCrow the Wise

Michael Brennan's tale of ancient evil told in the style of Milton

Adventures in Hyperspace #3



Unpublished third book in the series

in Epub format.

Star Wars Junior Books

The complete twelve book series from the OOP Scholastic series from 1999-2000

Dig Magazine

Rare archaeology magazine containing "The Lost City of Tatooine"

The Coruscant Holonet

Complete Coruscant Holo Net from the UK and US Clone Wars Magazines

Death Troopers Rare Bonus Content



Recovered Messages from the Imperial Prison Barge Purge


Stormtrooper TK-329 Tweets

The Clone Wars Titan Magazine


Vol 6


Star Wars Magazine


Vol 7


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Interviews with Star Wars EU Authors

Clone Wars: Way of the Warrior



OOP personalized Penguin books

Translated Spanish Droids & Ewoks Comics



For the history of this series, go here


Translated Droids & Ewoks Storybooks




For a history of the Plaza Joven series, go here


Droids ReAnimated: Parts 1 & 2



Commentaries by Rich Handley & Abel Pena

Escape from Auren



Droids 1988 Video-Game Prologue

Articles from 2004–2012 removed from the official website's Hyperspace,, and the Star Wars Blog.

Lost Webstrips



Clone Wars Seasons 1-3


Evasive Action webstrips


Take place in the weeks leading up to Revenge of the Sith and after

Rookies: Rendezvous

Rookies: No Turning Back


Take place between Eps IV & V

Fate of the Jedi: Imprint


A Hunter's Fate: Greedo's Tale


Hungarian Han Solo Books




English translations coming soon!



Sourcebooks, supplements & RPG Adventures, including:

The unpublished Adventure Journals #16, 17, and 18




Lost Prelude to Rebellion webcomic

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