- "We were soldiers once, and young... we thought we were invincible, that nothing the Rebels could throw at us would dampen our resolve, the belief in our cause. For we thought we were bringing light to the universe, but it was darkness that erupted in our wake."
- ―Jax Pavan, from his autobiography
Under the Helmet: The Secret Lives of Stormtroopers was the bestselling autobiography of Jax Pavan, a former stormtrooper and later a member of the New Republic's commandos. Published after the end of the Galactic Civil War, the book provided an in-depth and highly-detailed insider's account of life in the Stormtrooper Corps of the Galactic Empire, from unnecessary planet destruction to liaisons with various alien species. An unapologetic and frank depiction that pulled no punches, it earned numerous awards and accolades, including the Literary Medal of Horseshit, and the praise of historians on both sides of the "stellar curtain" that separated the New Republic from the Imperial Remnant.