I’ll say this right now, I absolutely love Savior. It’s everything that it sets out to be. Savior, set 10 years after Paragon, is the finale to the plotline we’ve been following as well as being the last story written in the Great Hyperspace War time period. It’s also the climax of the story, the final confrontation between Yaru and Seelah Korsin, as well as being the moment of confrontation between Adari Vaal’s resistance and their Sith occupiers.
Throughout Lost Tribe of the Sith one conflict has been building up: ever since Precipice, it’s been pretty clear that Seelah was preparing to put the shikkar in Korsin’s back. She never confronted him directly – how could she, a healer, mother to two children, who never pretended to be experienced in the art of saber combat? But, tellingly, she restrained her son, Jariad, even while she cultivated in him a deep hatred of his uncle and adoptive father.
At the same time she’s developed a rival, if only because she was a female with some influence regarding the Grand Lord. Seelah always hated Adari Vaal, and it had absolutely nothing to do with the secret resistance revealed in the last scene of Paragon. Adari, one of the titular Saviors, has been developing a vast resistance ever since her realization in the last line of Skyborn that leading the Sith to the Keshiri people was not going to be mutually beneficial.
Despite being a novella, and despite Korsin being the same relatively benevolent Sith we’ve seen since Precipice, everybody who is everybody is scheming here. Korsin’s Houk friend is ready to defend his friend, and Yaru Korsin has had fifteen years to prepare for Seelah’s sudden and inevitable betrayal. What? You really thought I wasn’t going to get a Joss Whedon reference into this retrospective at some point?
There’s one person I haven’t mentioned here at all, and there’s a reason for that. This character is a bit of a Chekov’s gun, in addition to being even more of the titular Savior than Vaal (though I imagine the Kesh didn’t see it that way). Talking about this character kind of ruins the reveal, and the anticipation – not to mention all of the scheming Korsin’s been doing for the past fifteen years.
If you’ve been interested in Lost Tribe in any capacity to this point, there’s no reason not to read Savior (and not a lot of reason if you haven’t been). Think of this as Lost Tribe 1: Act III. All of the schemes and questions up to this point find their answers here, and everybody’s given enough closure to end the story in this part of the timeline. Even if you’re not planning to continue the series into the post-KOTOR time period, Savior gives you enough closure to feel as though you’ve read a good (if short) Sith story about the origins of the Lost Tribe. Really, you can’t go wrong.