Illustration by Mike Vilardi, “Dark Force Rising Sourcebook.” April, 1993.
Mike Vilardi’s depiction of Mara’s visit to Jomark. In this scene, Mara’s arrival with a ysalamiri shakes Luke of Joruus C'baoth’s influence. Enraged, C’boath attacks them both with lightening and projectile rocks.
The second book of the Thrawn Trilogy really dives into Mara’s emotional internal battle, justifying her need to save Luke Skywalker before she kills him. Some passages from “Dark Force Rising,” by Timothy Zahn:
She couldn’t rescue Karrde alone. She couldn’t expect any help from his organization. Which left only one person in the galaxy she might be able to enlist. Only one person who might possibly feel he owed Karrde something.
Two hours later she was strapped into the Skipray’s cockpit, a strange and unpleasant sense of déjà vu burning through her as she drove toward deep space. It had been in a ship just like this one that she’d screamed off into the sky over the Myrkr forest a few weeks ago, in hot pursuit of an escaped prisoner. Now, like a twisted repeat of history, she once again found herself chasing after Luke Skywalker.
Only this time, she wasn’t trying to kill or capture him. This time, she was going to plead for his help.