- "Another complete failure. While the subject's base genetic code remains intact, the physical expressions have been…unsettling."
- ―Lead Cloning Technician
The aberrant clones were genetically flawed duplicates of Galen Marek, a Human male who served as the secret apprentice of the Sith Lord Darth Vader. After Marek's death, Vader attempted to create a more powerful and obedient version of his fallen apprentice—a clone with all of Marek's skills and none of the emotional attachments that undermined his connection to the dark side of the Force. As a result of an imperfect cloning process, however, numerous clones were engineered and ultimately discarded due to their physical deformities and mental instability. The experiment was gradually corrected by the lead cloning technician while Vader endeavored to train the more stable clones using memory flashes of their template's life. By 1 BBY, hundreds of failures were secretly stored within the cloning facility of Timira City on the planet Kamino. By then, however, the Dark Lord of the Sith had finally succeeded in creating a stable clone of his deceased apprentice, although one renegade subject managed to escape Kamino after Vader deemed him to be another imperfect copy of Marek.
The rogue clone returned to the Kaminoan homeworld during the Assault on Kamino where he was forced to confront several batches of the aberrant clones, many of whom had been confined to their cloning tanks in Timira City. Starkiller defeated all of the clones using a combination of his lightsaber skills and Force abilities, but the encounter with other versions of Marek ultimately had a profound psychological effect on him. Like Starkiller, the aberrant clones suffered from similar cases of identity crisis due to their inability to separate Marek's life from their own experiences. As such, Starkiller empathized with the clones he killed, an act which he also viewed as fratricide—even suicide—because they originated from the same genotype as him.
- "We are still left with hundreds upon hundreds of abject failures. While they no longer try to kill anything that comes near them, they are nearly insensible."
- ―Lead Cloning Technician, Timira City Cloning Facility
The aberrant clones came into existence as a result of clandestine project to replicate the late Galen Marek, the former Sith apprentice of the Sith Lord Darth Vader. Shortly after Marek sacrificed his own life in defense of the Rebel Alliance founders—senators Mon Mothma, Garm Bel Iblis, Bail Prestor Organa and Jedi Master Rahm Kota—Vader transported the apprentice's body to the planet Kamino, intending to preserve the corpse as a template from which the required DNA samples for cloning would be harvested.
Many obstacles hindered the project's success rate, however. First, the Dark Lord's scientists resorted to using the accelerated cloning process, an experimental procedure that produced full-grown subjects in under a few weeks; the drawback being that all clones bred through this process would inevitably succumb to madness due to their rushed growth cycle. Another dilemma that confounded the cloning technicians was the Force itself. By then, it had long been believed that clones could not be successfully created from Force-sensitive templates. There was no definitive explanation for this phenomenon, but Ni-Ke-Vanz theorized that the Force inherently hindered the cloning process. The third and most problematic obstacle was memory. In order for the new apprentice to utilize his inherent Force powers and combat skills, Marek's memories would have to be imprinted on his replacement's own brain, thus transferring his knowledge and experience to his clone. But through this, the clone would also develop an identity crisis as a result of possessing the memories and emotions of another person.
Despite these obstacles, Darth Vader proceeded with his plans and the initial results produced a batch of hundreds of aberrant clones, all physically deformed and mentally unstable, and none of whom were considered successful by Vader's standards or his lead cloning technician. The aberrant clones were put into suspended animation within their cloning tanks; the mistakes in their design would be gradually corrected, resulting in less flawed clones. Meanwhile, Vader personally trained several promising test subjects in the hopes that at least one clone would prove sufficient enough to become his new apprentice.
- "Who was Starkiller, in this mass of faces and bodies?"
After months of failed attempts, the project was finally deemed a success when a single clone succeeded where all of his predecessors failed—he overcame the memory imprints of Galen Marek. By compartmentalizing and isolating Marek's memories, he was able to differentiate his progenitor's thoughts from his own. Around the same time, another clone had nearly succeeded in his own trials, only to disappoint Darth Vader when he failed to overcome his ingrained attachment to Captain Juno Eclipse, a trait that his successful counterpart also inherited but later suppressed. Realizing that he would be disposed of as a failed test subject, the renegade clone managed to escape from Kamino, but later returned at the head of the Rebel Fleet in order to rescue Captain Eclipse.
Just as the fighting began, Boba Fett—a cloned bounty hunter hired by Darth Vader—encountered a lone aberrant clone who was armed with a red-bladed lightsaber. Driven by a sense of mindless rage, the clone attacked and nearly killed Fett, only to be killed when Fett desperately launched a missile from his Z-6 jetpack at the clone.
During the fighting, the renegade clone—by then referred to as "Starkiller," the former codename of his template—infiltrated Timira City where he was confronted by Darth Vader and the aberrant clones. Until this point, Starkiller did not believe that there had been other clones before him. The sight of his "brothers," however imperfect, forced him to confront what he had believed from the start—he was a clone and the original Starkiller had perished, just as Vader had told him. In the aberrant clones, the only emotions he sensed were hate, rage and an overwhelming desire to kill. Yet they also exhibited confusion; they were all equally confused over their own identities.
While defending himself against the clones, Starkiller took time to study his precursors. He noted that the first wave to attack him were the weakest and easiest to kill; the second group was cautious enough to keep their distance from their target who was armed with dual lightsabers. The last waves included clones who wielded Force lightning, and those armed and trained in lightsaber combat. Despite the fact that they too possessed Marek's Force sensitivity, none of them could defeat the renegade clone in open battle. The ones who rushed at him were cut down, others were overpowered by his own command of the Force, and the rest attacked each other due to their unstable minds.
As the Assault on Kamino concluded with a decisive Rebel victory, Starkiller successfully rescued Juno Eclipse and defeated Darth Vader, who was then taken into Alliance custody. In spite of his success, Starkiller remained conflicted over his ordeal with the aberrant clones. Aside from their differences with him and each other, as clones they all possessed the same attributes as Galen Marek in greater or lesser degrees. As such, Starkiller came to struggle with his own guilt for killing the aberrant clones, an action which he considered to be a form of fratricide—even suicide, since they were all genetic copies of the same man.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Despite their many genetic flaws, the aberrant clones possessed Galen Marek's powerful affinity to the Force. But due to the psychological damage that they suffered in the cloning process, the clones would never be able to utilize Marek's abilities in a concentrated and focused way of combat. Since they were the first and most flawed versions of the clones, the genetically-inherited abilities of the original Starkiller were not evenly distributed among the aberrant clones. Some were more skilled at using Force attacks such as Force lightning and Force push. Other clones were equipped with dual lightsabers and specialized in the Jar'Kai fighting style. All of the aberrant clones, however, were capable of shielding themselves from basic Force attacks, except for Mind Control. Naturally due to their imperfections, the abilities of the aberrant clones were greatly underdeveloped and inferior to their more stable clone brothers, Starkiller and the Dark Apprentice.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II comic (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II novel
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II video game
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II: Prima Official Game Guide
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded (Picture only)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II comic
- ↑ Star Wars: Darth Plagueis
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 The Force Unleashed II novel
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II databank
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II: "Distant Thunder" cutscenes