Stackpole can tend to be a bit sly with how he slips his characters into storylines. He also has one writing habit that particularly annoys me. Sometimes, with exposition, he has two characters explaining something to one another - but they both already know what's being explained. So X will say, "It's the whatever ship!" and Y says, "Yes, as you know it's the ship that has the ability to blow up marshmallows with the power of the Dark Side." And X replies, "Yes, that's the gun that does it there. It looks like a whale's ****."
I'll see if I can find a proper example later.
You don't need to be able to heal people's hurts. You need to be able to tell them about Star Wars.