For approximately four thousand years, from the earliest conflicts with the Sith Empire to the Ruusan Reformation, the Republic Marines did battle with the enemies of the Galactic Republic. Renowned for their skill in all aspects of galactic warfare as well as their traditions of duty, valor, honor and loyalty, the Marines were one of the foundation stones for civilization throughout the galaxy.
Despite a string of victories on the Outer Rim against the brutal Sith Empire, the Republic is in dire straits. Two years after her unit helped spark a counteroffensive against the forces of Darths Revan and Malak, CaptainLaera Reyolé, now a Jedi Knight, must leave behind those she fought alongside for so long and embark on a daring, but incredibly dangerous assignment. The stage is set for a showdown of galactic proportions, but will she be able to summon the last full measure of devotion?
As I was finishing up my routine and feeling somewhat better for it, Commander Thedus Bimm, also clad in BDUs, walked into the exercise room. Catching sight of me, his blue-green speckled aura followed him as he strode toward where I was finishing up the last of my Shien practice katas. “Remind me never to come at you with a vibroblade,” he smirked.
Snapping my saber to its belt hook, I ran a hand through my auburn hair. I had let grow out to nearly waist-length; braiding it before battle had become almost a ritual for me, allowing me to bring my focus fully onto the task to come. “You wouldn't get within two meters,” I retorted mildly, patting Bimm's shoulder. “So, what's the surprise?”
“You know, ever since you got back from Coruscant after the fight at Rodia, it's been impossible to keep anything away from you,” he replied irritably, drawing a datapad from a pants pocket. “Yeah, I've got news. Fresh byte over the HoloNet from our last course correction.”
I took the device from him, reading the snippet he had keyed up for me. As I did so, a familiar tingling sensation began to tickle at the base of my skull, and I began shaking my head in consternation. “Well, that solves one mystery,” I remarked under my breath.
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As he wrote, Nash shifted his focus more toward character development, particularly that of protagonists Laera Reyolé and Silas Dan'kre, their relationship, and their future. It also introduced a number of other characters that Nash hopes to bring back for future works. The work's title was inspired by The Last Full Measure, a novel of the American Civil War by Jeffrey Shaara. The first draft was completed on July 31, 2010, and the work was published on August 4 of that year. The followup novel, The Great Leap Forward, was released on December 30.