Star Wars: the Rise of Kylo Ren already hints at Drengir’s existence

Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren first introduced the Amaxine station and showed that the influence of the Drengir remains long after the High Republic era.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Claudia Gray’s Star Wars: The High Republic: Into the Dark, on sale now.

Time Star Wars: The High Republic Subseries officially released earlier this year, the creators began including clues about the High Republic much earlier. For example, in Charles Soule Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren # 1 and # two, released in December 2019 and January 2020 respectively, Ben Solo travels to an unnamed space station to meet with Snoke before finding the Knights of Ren. Although the importance of the station was not apparent at the time, with the launch of Star Wars: The High Republic: Into the DarkIt is clear that Snoke’s hideout was Amaxine Station, the Drengir prison.

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The Amaxine station is revealed for the first time in the first issue of Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren, but the history of the station is more relevant in the second issue. Snoke explains that the station was created to “contain the darkness”, but the Dark Side still pollutes everything there. In particular, Snoke shows Ben the skeleton of a humanoid created within the vines of an unidentified plant as proof that the evil within the station cannot be contained. This moment heralds the existence of the Drengir, a kind of sentient carnivorous plant that seeks to devour all the “meat” of the galaxy.

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Snoke explains Amaxine Station to Ben Solo in Star Wars The Rise of Kylo Ren

In Star Wars: The High Republic: Into the Dark, Claudia Gray expands on the origin of the Drengir and fully introduces them to Star Wars science. Stormed by the rubble of the Great Disaster, Jedi Master Cohmac Vitus, Pathfinder Orla Jareni, Jedi Knight Dez Rydan, and Padawan Reath Silas are forced to take refuge at Amaxine Station along with the ship’s crew. At first, they find the station beautiful and believe that the arboretum was created to sustain the lives of the people who visit it. They wrongly concluded that the plants only took over after the station was abandoned. Long after the High Republic, the station still contains some beauty from afar, but the rottenness of the Dark Side also infects that beauty with decay.

On the Amaxine station, all Jedi sense the presence of a darkness, “a shadow,” and have terrifying visions. Dez suggests that plants are the source of the Dark Side’s presence, but Cohmac rejects the idea. Dez also advocates leaving the artifacts alone, and this moment is particularly prescient considering the fact that Dez suffers the most from the Drengir once they are released. The rest of the Jedi blame the presence of the Dark Side on the artifacts they find, describing them as a “beacon of warning.” Because they believe the warning is for the darkness contained within the idols, the Jedi carefully take them back to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant to be purified. As Snoke mentions, they deny the true nature of the station and the nature that lies within its walls.

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The image on the left shows Amaxine Station in the High Republic era, and the image on the right shows Amaxine Station in the New Republic era.

The Jedi later realize that the artifacts weren’t evil; instead, idols were created to imprison the Drengir. They return the artifacts to Amaxine Station, but the damage has already been done. The drengir are free and long for meat. While the Jedi think they have removed many Drengir from Amaxine Station, they also know that many Drengir escaped and are wreaking havoc on the galaxy. In regards to the station, Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren shows that the Dark Side is still strong there, even if the Drengir themselves are gone.

Thus, the presence of the Amaxine station in Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren it works on several levels. Since Charles Soule is also one of the main authors of the Star Wars: the high republic subseries, it makes sense that he included this Easter egg in his other work to preview the next Drengir arc. However, this moment also shows that even if the Jedi of the High Republic defeat the Drengir, the influence of the Drengir cannot be completely eradicated, especially in the station that was once their prison.

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