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Hunters of the Dark Side (Author's Notes)

 
Special Thanks

Special Thanks to Carlos for the wonderful beta, storyline advice, troubleshooting, etc.  I never would have written this fic (let alone finished it) without you!!  I really hope you enjoy the finished product!  Thank you!

Thanks to calamitycrow for the encouragement, proofing, enthusiasm, and reassurance that I could do this!  Every time I doubted myself or started to dispair, you were a great cheerleader and so, so helpful with finding my silly typos, posting mishaps, etc.  Thank you!

Super-duper-fabulous thanks to xtinethepirate  and ashlan for their wonderful art and patience!!  I am so impressed and wowed by what you guys have done!  I only hope the story lives up to the awsomeness of your art!!

Many of the Star Wars concepts used for this retelling of Supernatural are from the Star Wars expanded universe, especially the works of Barbara Hambly, Timothy Zahn, Michael Stackpole, and Kevin J. Anderson.  If you liked this, you might like their Star Wars books (especially since they're much better written!!).

Character Notes

To fit with the universe, the names of some characters have been changed or modified.  The following is a list of Characters from the Supernatural 'Verse that have been renamed for purposes of this story:

Character                                                                  Hunters of the Dark Side Name
Azazel/The YED.......................................................Darth Azazel
Sam's Friend (from the "Pilot").............................Ven
Missouri Moseley......................................................Miss'Ouri Ot'Kla
Victor Henricksen...................................................Jedi Master Gariq Shran
Castiel......................................................................Cas Tiel
Metalicar...................................................................Iriaz Dream / S8V1 (aka Chevy)
Truckzilla..................................................................Hunter's Folly

Star Wars Terminology and Resources

Much of the research from this fic was done though Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki.  You can find more information (and pictures) on any of the aliens, planets, terminology or languages used in this fic.  I am also happy to answer your questions.  I'm a geek and sometimes I geek out on authenticity. :)  Here's a list of some of the common, but maybe not super-obvious terms I've used.  If you see any others that you would like to have defined up front, please let me know!

Hunters of the Dark Side Term                            Meaning                                           
Refresher, 'fresher.................................................Bathroom
Holocube.................................................................Photograph
Holonet....................................................................Internet
Slicer, slice, slicing...............................................Hacker, hack, hacking
Tapcaf......................................................................Bar/Cantina
Holo[anything]........................................................Video[anything]
Flimsi, flimsiplast..................................................Paper
Basic........................................................................English (more or less)
Sith...........................................................................A specific Dark Side order

Meta (or some background and thoughts on this story that you don't really need to read)

This story originated from the idea of "what would Sam and Dean really be like if they were in the Star Wars universe?"  Kripke has said that Supernatural is "Star Wars in Truck Stop America," but that got me thinking, what would hunting look like in the Star Wars universe? How would that work? Who or what would Azazel be? How would the story be the same or different?

The more I thought about it, the more interested I was, so I started sketching out an outline for retelling the entire Supernatural storyline.  Then, I realized that was far too long for one book, so I broke it in to three, but that didn't quite work, so I tried it as a duology.  The first part became Hunters of the Dark Side, and the second part is the as-yet untiled sequel that is currently a WIP, which I hope to have completed and posted up sometime this coming Fall. (That's assuming people like this and want to read more! *crosses fingers*)

It turned out some things were easy.  Sith really do have yellow eyes in Star Wars canon.  Jedi (and Sith) can sometimes separate their souls from their bodies and can possess other beings, computers, ships, droids, etc.  Jedi (and Sith) do sometimes hang around as ghosts, and there are lots and lots of canonical hauntings in the Star Wars universe.

Other concepts were really hard to translate.   Take the Metalicar for instance.  I figured a starship would be the best analogy, since starships are the vehicle of choice and you can actually live in them, but I wanted to get the name Chevy or Impala into the fic, and couldn't figure out how to do that.  The solution?  Split her into two different "characters": the Iriaz Dream, a starship named after a gazelle-like (impala-like) animal, and Chevy, a droid whose designation S8V1 got bastardized to "Chevy" by little Sammy.  

Then there is the matter of time period and setting.  How to pick planets and species and locations in a completely different universe, especially when the significance or topography of those places may not be readily aparent to the reader?  When I thought about writing this for the BigBang then came the problem of how to tell Supernatural in the Star Wars universe without it being a crossover... so, I picked a less-talked about time period in the Star Wars 'verse and made sure to keep any recognizable, known characters out of the Winchesters' paths.  I hope I have succeeded.

The end result... I hope it works. There are parts of this I love and had fun writing.  There are other parts that are probably too repetetive or that just don't flow the way I'd like, that if I had 100 more hours to work on this I would delete or tighten up or rework.  I hope you enjoy it too.

Thank you for reading!!

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Tags: a/n, au, bigbang, fic, fusion, hunters, r, supernatural
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