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- "The Council sides with the Republic. I respect its wisdom."
"Did you ever consider that the Council might be wrong?"
"I wish I had your certainty."
- ―Agen Kolar and Quinlan Vos
Agen Kolar was a Zabrak male Jedi Master who was known for his skill with a lightsaber and his willingness to use it. An accomplished swordsman who almost always took a blunt approach, Kolar spent many years traveling the Outer Rim Territories on missions. He was intensely loyal to the Jedi High Council and rarely doubted its wisdom or questioned its dictates. When the Clone Wars broke out, Kolar fought in the Battle of Geonosis, losing his Padawan, Tan Yuster. Kolar pushed forward, however, becoming an accomplished Jedi General and serving in such engagements as the recapture of Brentaal.
Kolar was also sent on more personal missions, such as his attempt to arrest the wayward Jedi Master Quinlan Vos—though unknown to Kolar, Vos was in fact a double agent, and the failed arrest was meant to give him credibility as he attempted to penetrate Count Dooku's circle of Dark Acolytes—and the show of force against the Crimson Nova chapter of the Bounty Hunters' Guild when they began taking bounties on Jedi. He also became a member of the Jedi Council, taking on a leadership role in the war.
As the Clone Wars came to a close, Kolar was among the few Jedi Masters remaining on Coruscant. When General Grievous was tracked down and destroyed by Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, Kolar was among the Council members selected by Master Mace Windu to confront Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, whom the Jedi feared was under the sway of a Sith Lord, to lay down his emergency powers. Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker revealed that Palpatine was in fact the Sith Lord himself, and Kolar, Windu, and fellow Masters Saesee Tiin and Kit Fisto all traveled to arrest Palpatine. Kolar was the first to perish, launching the Great Jedi Purge and the Galactic Republic's transformation into the Galactic Empire.
The making of a MasterEdit
- "Agen Kolar. Why is it that every time we meet, you are breaking something? This time it is the customers at my cantina."
- ―Aruk Besadii Aora, to Agen Kolar
A Force-sensitive Zabrak male, Agen Kolar was born in the waning days of the Galactic Republic's rule, hailing from the planet Iridonia. After his sensitivity to the Force was discovered, he underwent training to become a member of the Jedi Order. By the year 22 BBY, Kolar held the rank of Jedi Master and was one of the Order's leading members, known as one of its best swordsmen. At that time, his Padawan was a Human male, Tan Yuster.
Kolar was frequently assigned to missions across the Mid Rim, traveling to the edges of Republic authority and beyond. Hutt Space was one area in which he operated, gaining an acquaintance, though hardly friendship, with the Besadii kajidic overlord Aruk Besadii Aora. Kolar also partnered with other Jedi on Rim missions, such as Jedi Master Quinlan Vos. Kolar gained prominence and respect among the Jedi for his skills and exploits, though his finesse in conducting diplomacy was notoriously lacking; he instead preferred to act, aggressively if necessary.
The Battle of GeonosisEdit
When word reached the Jedi Council that Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi had been captured on the planet Geonosis while investigating an assassination plot and after having stumbled upon an ominous meeting of the newly formed separatist Confederacy of Independent Systems, Kolar and Yuster were among the Jedi present at the Jedi Temple on the galactic capital of Coruscant. Both were summoned to follow Jedi Master Mace Windu as part of the strike force sent to rescue Kenobi from the Separatists.
Kolar and Yuster were among the Jedi who infiltrated the galleries of the Petranaki arena, where Kenobi was to be executed alongside fellow Republic captives Padawan Anakin Skywalker and Senator Padmé Amidala. On Windu's cue, Kolar and his fellow Jedi revealed themselves in a show of force, but the Confederate Head of State and former Jedi Master Count Dooku deployed a force of battle droids against the Jedi. Kolar and Yuster battled fiercely, cutting their way onto the arena floor, but numerous Jedi began falling to the massed laser fire of the battle droids. Kolar and Yuster joined a circle of Jedi survivors on the arena floor, but Yuster fell in combat among them. When the situation looked most grim, with the few Jedi surrounded by Dooku's army of battle droids, Grand Master Yoda arrived at the head of clone trooper reinforcements from the newly-commissioned Grand Army of the Republic. Kolar was saved and joined the battle against the Separatist armies on-planet, becoming one of the few survivors.
- "Agen Kolar? Do you live?"
"At the moment, Master Ti. How many more moments is questionable."
- ―Shaak Ti and Agen Kolar
Kolar was saddened by the loss of his Padawan, but stayed true to the Jedi principle of non-attachment, accepting Yuster's death and moving on. With the Clone Wars begun, Kolar was made a Jedi General in the Grand Army of the Republic. Ever a follower of the Council's will and a strong believer in the Jedi's duty to the Republic, he disdained those Jedi who opposed the decision to take an active role in the war. When Mace Windu discovered that the esteemed lightsaber instructor Sora Bulq had fallen to the dark side and joined Dooku's growing ranks of Separatist-allied Dark Acolytes, he warned Kolar of the betrayal and Bulq's history with Vaapad.
Five months into the war, Kolar was assigned to retake Brentaal IV, a Core World located at a key hyperspace transit point, from an insurrection led by local clan leader Shogar Tok. Kolar, under the command of Jedi Council members Plo Koon and Shaak Ti, landed his clone troops on the planet, but the Republic's intelligence was faulty; Tok's ion cannons were operational and shielded, tearing the Republic landing force to pieces. A quarter of the overall forces, along with Jedi General Shon Kon Ray, were lost almost immediately. Kolar was hard-pressed, though he retained many of his soldiers.
Ti found sanctuary in a prison, where she recruited several prisoners to aid her in infiltrating Tok's fortress via a sewer connection between the two facilities. In order to help her accomplish that, she ordered Kolar to lead an assault on the north face of Tok's citadel. Once she was inside, Koon, commanding the Republic fleet in orbit of Brentaal IV, would retreat and return in four hours, by which time she hoped to have sabotaged the defenses or captured Tok. Kolar, on the surface, was given the option to retreat or surrender.
When that time came, Kolar surrendered, along with his troops. He was brought before Tok and the holographic presence of Dooku, who interrogated him as to Ti's whereabouts. Kolar briefly resisted, earning him a beating at Tok's hands, before he testified that he had felt her die in battle through the Force. Kolar was imprisoned while Tok's forces searched for her body. There he remained until Ti succeeded, at which point he and his troops were freed by two of her recruited prisoners: his old ally, Jedi Master Quinlan Vos; and the mercenary Sagoro Autem. Ti was badly wounded after a betrayal by one prisoner, though, and Kolar took command on the ground in the aftermath while Ti recuperated in a bacta tank.
The pursuit of Quinlan VosEdit
- "You are a Jedi, and the Council has summoned you. Your duty is to obey. Just as it is mine to make sure you come. Willing, or not."
- ―Agen Kolar, to Quinlan Vos
One month later, Jedi Masters Windu, Yoda, Ki-Adi-Mundi, and Tholme decided to use Kolar in a ploy. Vos, already under suspicion of deliberately providing the faulty intelligence for the Battle of Brentaal IV, would be inserted into Dooku's camp of Dark Acolytes as a double agent. However, they needed convincing evidence of Vos's break with the Order. To that end they provided him with high-value military codes which he was to attempt to sell to the Separatists, and the High Council sent Kolar after Vos without the Zabrak Master knowing of Vos's true role. Only that small faction knew the entire scope of what was planned; Kolar was chosen for his unquestioning obedience to the Council and the likelihood Kolar would do his utmost to avoid delivering a killing strike.
Kolar traveled to the Hutt moon Nar Shaddaa with three clone troopers in plain clothes. As Nar Shaddaa was in Hutt Space, the Republic had no legal grounds to arrest Vos there, but Kolar hoped to move swiftly and covertly and leave without the Hutts even being aware of a Republic presence. Kolar's troopers raided Vos's attempted sale while he waited outside. Vos fought back, escaping the building, but Kolar Force-pushed him into a wall and drew his lightsaber, capturing him. Vos was manacled and placed in an airspeeder next to Kolar. In his hurry to leave, Kolar allowed Vos's agent, Khaleen Hentz, to escape. Vos protested his innocence, maintaining that he was attempting to feed the Separatists false information. Kolar, however, demonstrated that the codes were accurate. During their ride, Kolar and Vos briefly discussed whether the Separatists might have a point, but Kolar insisted that as the Council had chosen to oppose them, the Jedi had no business in supporting the Confederacy.
Their conversation was interrupted by the arrival of Hentz in her own airspeeder. Vos leaped aboard it, and Kolar and his troopers pursued. Vos jumped from Hentz's speeder in flight, hoping to avoid Kolar's notice, but Kolar was not deceived and leaped to follow, ordering his soldiers to continue their pursuit of Hentz. Kolar cornered Vos and engaged him in a duel, quickly disarming him. Kolar pleaded for Vos to return peacefully with him to Coruscant, where he could find his way back to the light. The relentless Vos attacked, and Kolar struck back, delivering a warning slice across Vos's shoulder armor to make the point that Vos was outclassed and should submit. Instead, Vos sliced open a cage of amphibians and ran while Kolar dealt with a tide of the creatures.
Kolar pursued Vos through a cantina and onto a dead-end walkway just outside it. However, the cantina's patrons knew Vos from his previous undercover work and moved to defend him. When the mob confronted him, Kolar disarmed them with a simple Force-pull. The group was enraged; Kolar deactivated his lightsaber and ordered them to move on or accept the resultant damage. When they charged, Kolar began to engage them in unarmed combat, mowing though their numbers. He was interrupted by the arrival of Aruk the Hutt, who owned the cantina. The Besadii kajidic overlord demanded to know why Kolar was beating his customers; Kolar replied that he was on Republic business. Vos, however, had escaped while Kolar had been occupied. Aruk pressed Kolar to leave, threatening a major diplomatic incident if he persisted. Knowing that pushing the Hutts away from the Republic and possibly into the arms of the Separatists was not worth Vos's capture, Kolar reluctantly allowed himself to be led back to his ship by Besadii guards. One bright spot did remain for the mission: besides preventing the actual sale of the codes, the clone troopers had captured Hentz.
Kolar was debriefed by the Council and sent back to his newly resupplied forces in the field; he transferred Hentz to Coruscant, but was told that it would be fruitless to attempt to pursue Vos further. Not all of Kolar's time would be spent on the front lines, as he was appointed to the Jedi High Council by sixteen months after the Battle of Geonosis, becoming a part of the decision-making process which he had previously obeyed unquestioningly. Frequently on Coruscant, Kolar received reports of the war's progress along with the other Masters, deciding as much as acting.
Sending a messageEdit
- "He would not have been able to do this if I had not failed when I went to bring him in…!"
- ―Agen Kolar, speaking of Quinlan Vos's execution of Kh'aris Fenn
After seventeen months of war, a new threat emerged: the Crimson Nova chapter of the Bounty Hunters' Guild had begun accepting bounties on Jedi. Windu decided that with a few Jedi, he would be able to make a potent show of force and send the message that such action would not be tolerated. Windu recruited Kolar, along with Council members Saesee Tiin and Kit Fisto, to travel to The Rig, the spaceborne headquarters of the Crimson Nova chapter, and dismantle their operations.
Windu announced his visit and apparently arrived alone, keeping the bounty hunters' focus firmly on him as he demanded that Mika, the head of the chapter, put an end to the bounties and surrender into his custody. Meanwhile, the other three Jedi arrived covertly. Kolar, under the alias "Argent Kole," posed as a bounty hunter, with Fisto as his bounty. When The Rig's records naturally failed to find "Kole" among their registered bounty hunters, Kolar railed against poor record-keeping on the Guild's part and demanded his bounty be processed immediately. Looie, the being operating the Redemption Center desk, was sufficiently intimidated to process Fisto.
Fisto escaped from his false cuffs and freed the other bounties, inciting a prison riot. Kolar and the other hunters were denied their bounties until the prisoners were rounded up again, building resentment, which Kolar demagogued into a revolt on the bounty hunters' part as well, leaving The Rig in chaos. With Tiin causing an explosion that destroyed The Rig's supplies and its hangar, Mika vowed to kill Windu. Seeing that no negotiation was forthcoming, Windu reunited with the other Jedi for an assault on The Rig's leadership.
In the Nest, Mika refused one last chance to surrender. Windu and Fisto engaged Mika and her enforcers while Kolar and Tiin attempted to take the control room. The two cut their way in, where Kolar secured the station's blast doors, cutting off reinforcements, and disabled the escape pods. They also intended to search the files to find out who offered the bounties on Jedi, and may have done so.
With that accomplished, the pair set out to reinforce Windu and Fisto, but arrived just after Mika was stunned by her lieutenant Stroth, who could see that Mika's vendetta against the Jedi was against the Crimson Nova chapter's interest. Stroth gave up the Twi'lek rebel leader Kh'aris Fenn, who had posted the bounties, to the Jedi. Kolar and the other three Jedi followed Stroth's directions and found Fenn dead in his fortress on the planet Ryloth. Quinlan Vos had left a hologram recording of Fenn's assassination at his hands as a warning from Dooku; after viewing it, the four Jedi came to the conclusion that Vos's fall was a ruse no longer. They believed that among Dooku's Dark Acolytes, Vos's deception had become reality. Kolar blamed himself for not having brought Vos into custody on Nar Shaddaa.
Leading the war effortEdit
- "We have not the forces to spend on a major assault on one sentient."
- ―Agen Kolar, rejecting Flynn Kybo's proposed mission against Grievous
Kolar continued his role on the Jedi Council, spending time on Coruscant, and aiding that body's deliberations. In 20 BBY, when the Padawan Flynn Kybo came before the High Council to request that they approve an assassination mission against General Grievous, the Separatist Supreme Commander of the Droid Armies and a notorious Jedi-killer, Kolar was among those who opposed Kybo's plan, citing the amount of resources that would be tied up in use against one individual, though it was only later that Kybo clarified that his plan was not assault, but assassination. Kybo eventually undertook the mission without official sanction, proving unsuccessful. Kolar also participated in the discussion regarding the Knighting of Kenobi's Padawan, Anakin Skywalker, suggesting that the young Jedi hero had yet to face the Trial of the Spirit. When it was decided to promote Skywalker, Kolar and the rest of the High Council participated in his Knighting ceremony.
Kolar was able to indulge his taste for action as well, taking the field when called upon. On one such occasion, Kolar and fellow Masters Aayla Secura and Voolvif Monn undertook a mission to an icy planet, where they were engaged by crab droids and trapped by their bubble wort projectors. However, Skywalker intervened, destroying the droids and freeing the three Jedi. By this time, Kolar had begun using a lightsaber with a red focusing crystal instead of a green one, though he began wielding a blue-bladed lightsaber only a few months later.
Another field mission was the Battle of Boz Pity. After tips provided by Obi-Wan Kenobi led to the discovery of a significant Separatist presence on the planet Boz Pity some thirty months into the war, the Venator-class Star Destroyer Intervention was dispatched along with an unusually strong complement of Jedi—including eight Jedi Council members, among them Kolar. Skywalker was also in the complement, and piloted the Intervention past the Separatist blockade of the world, but was unable to avoid a crash landing. On the planet, Kolar and the others made their way to the main Separatist base, where they found Dooku, Grievous, and the Dark Acolyte Asajj Ventress—all high-value targets. Kolar engaged the many squads of battle droids surrounding the fortress, but was never given the opportunity to engage in a lightsaber duel; Dooku dueled Windu and escaped, Grievous killed Master Soon Bayts before being badly damaged by Windu and forced to retreat, and Ventress was brought down by Dooku's forces after the Count decided to eliminate an unreliable asset.
- "It doesn't … hurt …"
- ―Agen Kolar's last words
A full three years after the war began, Grievous struck at Coruscant. Kolar took to space, battling against the Confederate Navy in his starfighter. While he was so occupied, Grievous was able to sneak planetside and capture Supreme Chancellor Palpatine from his offices. Kolar, Tiin, and Master Pablo-Jill were recalled from the battle to attempt to intercept Grievous's escape shuttle. They repeatedly engaged it, but were repelled by debris fields created by Grievous. Grievous could not outmaneuver them as they closed and chewed away at his shields, but he did destroy civilian ships caught in the crossfire any time Kolar or the others got too close, forcing them to fall back. Despite Kolar's efforts, Grievous was able to make it to his flagship, the Invisible Hand. Shortly thereafter, Skywalker and Kenobi arrived at Coruscant and were able to rescue the Chancellor, kill Dooku, and force Grievous to retreat.
Kolar remained on Coruscant, serving on the High Council. He supported the Council's request for Skywalker to use his closeness to the Chancellor to spy upon his office, as the Jedi had grown increasingly suspicious that a Sith Lord, Darth Sidious, was manipulating Palpatine and had in fact manufactured the entire war. Kolar had great faith in Skywalker's abilities, and suggested it was vital that Kenobi, whom Skywalker trusted, be the one to ask him. He also suggested that the Council emphasize that it was stepping up the search for Grievous, which Skywalker would report to Palpatine, hopefully forcing Sidious into action to protect his pawn. He was additionally the one to suggest that, of Yoda or Windu, Yoda be the one to take the field in a ploy to cause Sidious to feel overconfident and draw him into action. Yoda would lead the defense of the planet Kashyyyk, Kenobi would put an end to Grievous, and Kolar would remain on Coruscant, along with Windu and several other combat-hardened Masters, ready to counter Sidious.
When the Council was informed that Kenobi had killed Grievous in combat, they moved to confront Palpatine and force him to lay down his emergency powers, which he had been accumulating in excess and the Council feared could be used by Sidious for unsavory ends, now that the war was largely ended. Windu reassembled the same team he had used at The Rig, preparing to lead Kolar, Tiin, and Fisto into the Chancellor's office. As they were preparing to depart, however, Skywalker arrived with shocking news: Palpatine had revealed himself to Skywalker as being Darth Sidious; the Republic was being ruled by a Sith Lord. Windu ordered Skywalker to remain in the Temple and set off with the three Masters. Fisto was apprehensive, and Kolar wanted to know why Skywalker was not with them. Windu and Tiin were able to reassure them, and the group departed for Palpatine's office at sunset in a LAAT/i gunship, ready to arrest him.
Kolar brought up the rear as the four Jedi Council members strode into Palpatine's office. Each lit their lightsabers as Windu declared Palpatine under arrest. A brief discussion led to Palpatine drawing his lightsaber and leaping across his desk, landing and stabbing Kolar, who was unable to bring his blade into position swiftly enough, through the torso. Kolar died by the Sith Lord's blade, crumpling to the floor.
Tiin was killed in very short order, and Fisto soon followed. The duel concluded when Skywalker arrived and intervened—on the side of the Sith Lord who had manipulated the entire war into being—Kolar's trust in Skywalker had been misplaced. Palpatine killed Windu, made Skywalker his Sith apprentice, and transformed the Republic into the Galactic Empire, declaring the Jedi enemies of the state on the basis of the attempted arrest Kolar had helped perform. Kolar effectively became the first victim of the subsequent, decades-long Great Jedi Purge.
Personality and traitsEdit
- "If you attack me, I cannot be responsible for what happens to you. I suggest you mind your own business."
"Always the diplomat, Agen."
- ―Agen Kolar, to an angry mob, and Quinlan Vos
Jedi Master Agen Kolar was known among the Jedi for his disinterest in diplomatic niceties; he was frequently blunt and often moved directly to action, fighting first and asking questions later. He was confident in his martial abilities, and his idea of diplomacy thus frequently involved ordering an opponent to stand down or face the consequences. Kolar was known as a stern warrior.
In spite of these traits, Kolar was generally considered an excellent Jedi—good enough to gain a seat on the Jedi High Council. Kolar was extremely loyal to the dictates of the Council, and did not doubt its wisdom; he trusted it and its decisions completely and unquestioningly. Despite that, Kolar was not a silent assenter on the Council, frequently injecting an observation, suggestion, or objection. It was his belief that the primary duty of the Jedi was to the Republic, and thus supported Jedi involvement in the Clone Wars.
Kolar was moreover a strong believer in the goodness of his fellow Jedi, and had a hard time believing Quinlan Vos, or any other Jedi, could fall to the dark side of the Force. Even when he confronted Vos, he displayed an unwillingness to seriously wound Vos, despite being engaged repeatedly by Vos in combat; Kolar preferred to take a compassionate route with his "brother Jedi" rather than indulge his more aggressive nature.
Powers and abilitiesEdit
- "That could have as easily been your arm. Yield."
- ―Agen Kolar, to Quinlan Vos
Agen Kolar favored the use of Force Push in combat, and was known to apply it suddenly against his opponents. However, he was primarily known as a master lightsaber duelist. Mace Windu himself, considered one of the greatest duelists in the Order's history, found Kolar's abilities considerable. The Jedi Council felt that Windu and Kolar alone would provide a significant counter to Darth Sidious were the Sith Lord to reveal himself. Despite the Council's expectations, however, Kolar was slain by Sidious with a single blow.
Kolar did not enjoy talents in lightsaber combat alone, and he was also proficient in unarmed combat, as when he engaged an angry mob of cantina patrons on Nar Shaddaa without his lightsaber and without difficulty. Kolar was thus able to resolve the problem martially, yet without killing or maiming his opponents. Kolar integrated physical combat into his lightsaber battles, being especially fond of delivering high kicks to his foes, though he also favored that attack in fully unarmed combat as well. In addition to his fighting techniques, Kolar was considered to be a master swordsmith.
Behind the scenesEdit
Agen Kolar was originally intended to be Jedi Master Eeth Koth, first seen in the 1999 film The Phantom Menace. As the majority of Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones was being shot in Australia, local actor Tux Akindoyeni was brought in to replace the original actor, Hassani Shapi. However, Akindoyeni's facial characteristics, skin tone, makeup and hairstyle were all noticeably different from Hassani Shapi's version of the character—in particular, Shapi's Koth had noticeable lined facial tattoos which Akindoyeni's lacked—and so Akindoyeni's Eeth Koth was thus deemed an entirely new character: Agen Kolar. The newly created Kolar went on to make appearances in the remaining films of the prequel trilogy, Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, the latter of which featured his death during the Showdown on Coruscant.
That change led to multiple instances of confusion between Kolar's and Koth's characters, ones that would last for years. In one error, Kolar's image was used in the entry on Koth in the Power of the Jedi Sourcebook. Again, in the illustrated screenplay of Revenge of the Sith, Kolar was identified as Eeth Koth when Anakin Skywalker attended his first High Council meeting. All subsequent appearances were correctly identified as Agen Kolar. The Making of Star Wars Revenge of the Sith also mistakenly identified Kolar in several photo captions.
In one highly visible error, a Zabrak Jedi High Council member that appears in two scenes of Vol. 2 of the Star Wars: Clone Wars television series was animated with the unmistakable likeness of Koth, but was credited as being Kolar. Although Koth was originally stated as having been killed at the Battle of Geonosis, this has recently been retconned; Koth's Databank entry on StarWars.com claims that his character design was used in the Clone Wars microseries, and Koth himself was later featured in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series.
Kolar's lightsaber color appeared in Revenge of the Sith as blue, despite having previously been green in all other sources but one, including Attack of the Clones. It would appear that this was a comparatively last-minute change, as the novelization of the film describes his lightsaber as still producing a green blade and the comic adaptation shows a green blade as well. The one instance other than Revenge of the Sith in which Kolar was not shown with a green blade was "Clone Wars Chapter 22," where Kolar appeared with the misattributed likeness of Eeth Koth and a red blade.
In the novelization of Revenge of the Sith, Kolar was not the first to die. In it, he and Tiin walked to the desk of the Chancellor to arrest him while Masters Windu and Fisto waited at the door. Palpatine caught Tiin off guard and beheaded him, immediately afterward piercing Kolar through the head—not, as the film showed, the chest. This, as it contradicts the film itself, is considered non-canon. Kolar's height is given as 1.9 meters in Star Wars: Head-to-Head Tag Teams, but the Star Wars Character Encyclopedia lists him as being 1.7 meters tall. This article attempts to incorporate both statements.
Kolar makes a brief appearance in The Lesson in Star Wars Tales 14, which portrays him fighting in the Petranaki arena during the Battle of Geonosis. Although several elements of the comic were canonized in Leland Chee's blog, the canonicity of the comic as a whole is uncertain.