Drew Karpyshyn - say whatever you want about him, but this man is a legend. The lead writer of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect 1. And of course the creator of Revan character. Also, an author of what I consider one of the greatest Star Wars books to be ever released - Darth Bane: Path of Destruction.
For three years he was working on Star Wars: The Old Republic, continuously contributing to it's storyline. Most recently he wrote an amazing novel called simply: "Revan". While according to me and many other fans it was a great read, some people reacted rather negatively to it and had very controversial opinions about the whole plot. Well, De gustibus non est disputandum.
Anyway, recently Drew retired from BioWare in order to be able to focus more on his own projects and to spend more time... golfing. Was his decision forunate or not that remains to be seen but as Drew put it: "However, I feel that’s an essential step for every creative artist to take at some point. It keeps us fresh, it keeps us energized."
You can share your personal view on this matter in the question poll.
Overall, Drew is a really nice guy (at least from what I hear, tbh I don't even personally know him :)). But it seems that this opinion about him is rather accurate, because not many writers spend their free time answering theirs fans emails (and even those nasty ones written by haters!).
I emailed Drew Karpyshyn recently and asked him a few questions mainly related to lore (and I also got an answer to the ones related to Revan's final fate and his possible reappearance in the future!), so here you go, enjoy this exclusive set of Q&A:
Hello, first of all I would like to say that I am huge fan of your books and games (KotOR series, Bane trilogy, Revan novel - you make SW lore even greater than it already is!:)).
I just recently finished SW:TOR (or rather completed my first character's storyline) and I have few questions and it would be great if you could find some time to answer them.
All right, so here it goes:
Q: Did Revan really fall to the dark side again? How come he wants to commit genocide and exterminate the whole race? And how is that possible that Republic is supporting him in doing so - it's against all principles that the jedi believe in. And there are jedi aboard the foundry, along with republic troops.
A: Revan always walked on the edge of light and dark, and being corrupted by the Emperor's presence for 300 years did push him over in that direction. However, that doesn't mean he can't be redeemed again later - remember, you never see him die; he just vanishes. We left that door open on purpose.
Q: After the Foundry encounter, Revan speaks the same line as Malak did during his demise on the Starforge. Is this some sort of homage to Malak or? If yes, it kind of confirms that he fell to the Dark Side.
A: It's more of an homage than proof of anything.
Q: Is there a chance that you will ever write another book related to Revan? For example about his childhood, how Kreia/Arren Kae found him and how he became a jedi. It would be great to find out more about him. We know that he came from the outer rim and that Revan was in fact not his real name (it was revealed in TOR: "Revan - it is not my real name, it never was, but it will do).
A: Nothing planned right now, but you never know what the future holds.
Q: In "Revan" novel, Meetra Surik talks to Bastila before going to Nathema and eventually Dromund Kass in order to rescue Revan. Bastila saw sith on the T3's holo recording. So how come she did not tell anything to the Republic (jedi order/republic military). Republic did not knew anything about the Sith Empire when it re-emerged and attacked Korriban three centuries later but Bastila must have suspected something given the fact that she saw sith that is alive. So she did not share that information with anyone and did not warn the jedi? Why?
A: Bastila may have said something about the holo, but she and the Jedi didn't get along that well after KOTOR. Also, even if she said something, after a couple centuries pass and nobody shows up it would be easy to dismiss her warnings. Remember - 300 years pass from the Revan novel until the Sith attack the Republic; Revan bought the Repbulic three centuries of peace to rebuild and recover, or else they would have been wiped out.
Q: Can you confirm that the Sith Entity from the Sith Warrior's storyline is in fact Kreia? Or give any hint/clue related to this? Codex entry about the entity seems very familiar and Kreia fits into it perfectly. Will we get to see more of the sith entity in SW:TOR's future storyline?
A: I didn't write this, so I can't comment 100%. But I think it's suppposed to be Kreia.
A: I can't talk about that in case we want to use it in a later game, book or comic.
Q: Can you tell me anything about Satele's and Revan's relationship? Why it is not explored in SW:TOR? Will we ever get to see Revan and Satele somehow interacting with one another? Why you decided not to go for reunion with grand daddy? I personally like the idea, it seems like an interesting plot twist.
A: Same thing.
Q: Will we ever get to know the final fate of KotOR characters like Zaalbar or Canderous - we never find out what happened to them. While Canderous is obviously dead, Zaalbar could be alive - from what I know, wookies can live FOR A LONG time. And even if Canderous is dead, it would be great to know how he died - from what I recall, in smuggler class story players find his skull but thats it. He was a great character and it would be a bummer not to find out what happened to him after Revan novel and KotOR 2. Canderous was in fact my favourite companion back in KotOR. I just loved to hear his tales about the Mandalorian Wars. The one with reference to Yuuzhan Vongs was especially awesome.
Thanks again for everything that you have done, looking forward to your future contribution to the Star Wars lore. I am sure it will be great as everything you did was so far. "Revan" was a great read with really dramatic ending, at least that is what I think.
Thanks for the e-mail,
After reading the sentence I outlined, I am sure that we will see more of Revan in the future. Just can't wait! Revan will come back and will kick some major ass!
Oh, and according the outlined quote, Revan's actions were actually not grey but dark, just as I thought: "...and being corrupted by the Emperor's presence for 300 years did push him over in that direction".
Let me quote something I wrote a while back:
It is still a matter of debate whether his actions are purely dark or more kind of grey. I heared rumor that Drew Karpyshyn himself (creator of Revan character) confirmed that Revan was in fact actling like grey and not dark jedi, meanining he partly stayed true to the light side. Still, commiting genocide is against everything that jedi believe in so I don't know... it will be interesting to see how BioWare develops Revan's story in future. I personally don't believe that Drew said that. Why? Well, everything in the game suggests that Revan in fact fell to the dark side (and gone mad due to the impact the Emperor had on him and all). But, he understood or will understand his flaws in the end.
I just find it strange that his actions would be considered as such (grey), because all codex entries about Revan strongly suggest that he's gone mad and is obsesed with stopping the Emperor no matter the cost. That is why I would like to see that quote for myself.So it seems that in the end I was right!
All codex entries related to Revan strongly suggested that the Emperor had huge impact on him over the course of three centuries long imprisonment. As Vitiate ravaged Revan's mind, poor guy went insane and is "steeping in hate". No wonder, Emperor pretty much ruined his life and prevented him from ever meeting with his family again.
Let's just hope that after the Foundry Revan realized his flaws and came back to the light. Towards the end of fight he speaks the exact same words as Malak during his demise so I think Revan understood that he had fallen to the dark side. He will once again come back fully aware of who he really is.
As for Canderous, it is possible that we will find out what happened to him... either by playing TOR, or reading some future comic/book.
Expect PART 2 of the interview to be added soon. The questions will touch upon the following topics: HK-47's fate, Revan's mask and more!