- "I knew it was only a matter of time before you returned. Now you will surrender to me, or you will die here where you were created."
- ―Darth Vader, giving Starkiller an ultimatum
The Battle of Kamino was fought in 1 BBY during the Galactic Civil War. In a desperate move to galvanize their fledgling rebellion, the Alliance to Restore the Republic launched a full-scale attack against a key target in the Galactic Empire—the cloning facilities on the planet Kamino. Aided by Starkiller, a renegade clone of the late Galen Marek, the Alliance forces secured their first major victory under the leadership of Jedi Master Rahm Kota, a Rebel general and one of the few surviving Jedi veterans of the Clone Wars. In the aftermath of the fighting, the Timira City Cloning Facility was destroyed and the Sith Lord Darth Vader was taken prisoner by the Rebels, an accomplishment which Princess Leia Organa regarded as a turning point in the civil war.
After Marek's death aboard the Death Star in 2 BBY, the surviving founders of the Rebel Alliance—fugitive senators Bail Prestor Organa, Garm Bel Iblis and Mon Mothma—committed themselves to open rebellion against Emperor Palpatine and intended to fully restore the Old Republic that had been overthrown by the Empire's New Order. However, the Alliance leadership remained deadlocked in circular debates over what courses of action to take. While Bel Iblis advocated for bold but risky strikes against major Imperial targets, Mothma remained hesitant to engage the Empire in open battle due to the Alliance's limited resources; Organa's moderate stance on direct conflict and guerrilla warfare rendered him unable to completely support either side presented by his two colleagues, and the Alliance remained relegated to small scale hit-and-run attacks.
At the same time, Darth Vader was determined to create a stronger and more obedient version of Marek, who had been secretly apprenticed for years to the Dark Lord of the Sith until his redemption as a Jedi and subsequent demise. As such, Marek's body was moved to Timira City where it was preserved as a source for cloning purposes. Although the creation of a perfect clone, based on the genetic code of a Force-sensitive template, had been considered impossible to achieve at the time, Vader proceeded to create a new acolyte via the "accelerated cloning process," a refined version of the Kaminoan method that enabled clones to complete their growth process in just under a few weeks rather than a full decade. But the procedure was far from flawless, resulting in numerous errors and failed subjects—all of whom were undermined and driven completely insane by genetic defects and residual memories that they inherited from their progenitor. Though the Dark Lord ultimately achieved his goal with the creation of a single fully stable clone, whom he trained as his new secret apprentice, he was also confronted with the dilemma of hunting down "Starkiller," the rogue clone who escaped from Kamino shortly after Vader judged him to be declared another failure.
Due to his inability to overcome the memory imprints, Starkiller became obsessed with locating Captain Juno Eclipse, the Human woman whom Marek developed feeling for toward the end of his life. This soon led him to make contact with General Kota in the hope of finding Eclipse faster. However, Vader anticipated this and soon tasked the bounty hunter Boba Fett with abducting the Rebel officer, knowing that the clone would follow Eclipse back to Kamino. Starkiller responded as expected, but brought with him the entire Rebel fleet. The Imperial Star Destroyers were initially able to hold the Rebels at bay until Starkiller crashed the Rebel flagship, Salvation through Kamino's planetary shield, allowing Rebel troopers and commandos to attack Timira City. Huge numbers of casualties resulted on both sides, particularly the Rebels as Starkiller only killed the Imperial soldiers directly in his way. Focusing solely on rescuing Eclipse, Starkiller ignored Kota's pleas to rejoin the main fighting.
Despite significant losses, Kota's troops held their ground against the Imperials while Starkiller fought Vader in a lightsaber duel at the top of the city spire. Enraged by Vader's attack on Eclipse, the clone overpowered and disarmed his creator, but reluctantly refrained from ending Vader's life when Kota urged him to consider how valuable the Sith Lord was to the Rebellion as a prisoner of war. With Vader captured and the Imperial garrison defeated, the Rebels sought to capitalize on their first major victory by transporting Vader to the Alliance hidden base on Dantooine. They also intended to crash a Star Destroyer into Kamino's ocean-covered surface so that the resulting tsunami would destroy Timira City. Soon afterward, the Alliance fleet left the system, unaware that they were being tracked by Vader's mercenary, Boba Fett.
- "I'm not Starkiller! I'm… I'm a clone. I was grown in a vat to take his place."
- ―Starkiller, accepting his true origin
The Battle of Kamino was an indirect result of Darth Vader's attempts to clone his deceased apprentice, Galen Marek. Through a new cloning process, the Sith Lord was able to accelerate a clone's growth to full maturity in a few short weeks, far quicker than the Kaminoan method and even faster than Spaarti technology. But due to such an unprecedented level of accelerated growth, combined with the extreme complexities of cloning Force-sensitives, the experiment was plagued with a constant rate of failure. After the initial attempts produced a wave of aberrant monstrosities, Vader painstakingly endeavored to wipe out the emotional imprints that drove many promising clones to utter madness.
Six months after he secretly initiated the unauthorized project, a new clone of Galen Marek proved to be incredibly promising. Not only was he more stable than the clones who preceded him, he had also survived the trials that previous clones failed at, thus impressing Vader enough to hope that he would be the first success. However, despite the clone's progress, he ultimately suffered from the same side-effects that undermined his clone brothers. In order to spare himself the time and effort of training a new apprentice all over again, Vader resorted to the accelerated cloning procedure so that the "new Starkiller" would biologically reach Marek's age—prior to his death—in less than a month. To train the clones in that short period of time, they were all downloaded with Marek's memories. This part of the procedure allowed the clones to utilize their genetically-inherited command of the Force. But as a consequence, every clone experienced an identity crisis which eventually drove them insane. The latest clone, though more perfect than those before him, ultimately proved to be inflicted with the same emotional imprints that were passed on by his genetic donor.
Disappointed once again, Vader intended to eliminate his latest failed experiment, but failed to do so when the clone lashed out in a desperate attempt to escape from his creator. After successfully fleeing from his homeworld, the clone embarked on a single-minded quest to find Captain Juno Eclipse. Although the clone did not exhibit any of Marek's other emotional attachments, such as his commitment to the Rebel Alliance, he did develop the same feelings for a woman that he technically never met. As such, his artificial feelings forced him into an overly obsessive pursuit of Eclipse.
Unwilling to allow a renegade clone of Galen Marek to roam free, Darth Vader hired the bounty hunter Boba Fett and tasked him with locating "Starkiller," as the clone subsequently became known as. Shortly after Fett and his partner Xasha tracked the clone to Cato Neimoidia, the two discovered that they had arrived too late. Starkiller was not only gone, but he had also left a trail of destruction and mayhem that brought about the complete ruin of the city of Tarko-se. Starkiller, after rescuing General Rahm Kota from Imperial captivity, failed to learn any sufficient information from the Jedi fugitive about Eclipse's whereabouts. His journey then took him to worlds such as Dagobah and Mon Calamari, until finally tracking down Eclipse's location to the Itani Nebula.
Traveling with Rahm Kota on Marek's old starship, the Rogue Shadow, the two arrived at the secret location of the Rebel fleet, including Captain Eclipse's Nebulon-B frigate, the Salvation. Unknown to either of them, Vader's bounty hunter also discovered where Juno Eclipse was hiding. Upon the Sith Lord's order to lure Starkiller back to Kamino by capturing Eclipse, Boba Fett and his Imperial strike team launched a surprise attack on the unsuspecting Rebels. Bypassing all of the other ships and fighters, Fett and his forces infiltrated the Salvation, stormed the bridge and captured Juno Eclipse.
Although Starkiller annihilated most of Fett's Imperial troops, the clone failed to stop the bounty hunter from taking Eclipse to Vader on Slave I. Outraged at having just missed his primary goal, Starkiller threatened to go to Kamino with or without Kota and the Rebels. The Jedi General sought to capitalize on the opportunity to launch a major offensive against the Empire, and thus complied, even though in all likelihood, Vader had already anticipated the clone's reaction to Eclipse's abduction. Starkiller naively assumed that his creator would not expect the entire Rebel fleet to arrive at Kamino as well; Kota reluctantly agreed. However, both were wrong and Vader had indeed anticipated Starkiller's moves. Hence, he activated Kamino's planetary shield to protect the cloning world from a ground assault. He also positioned an entire fleet of Imperial Star Destroyers outside of Kamino's orbit in order to destroy the Rebel starships.
- "We're getting ripped apart up here! Order the retreat!"
"No! We won't get another chance to take this target! Keep pressing the attack! "
- ―Wedge Antilles and Rahm Kota, during the assault on Kamino
Immediately after exiting hyperspace, the Battle of Kamino commenced as Rebel ships were attacked by the Imperial fleet that had been awaiting their arrival. The Salvation itself was assaulted by numerous boarding parties. Before he could return to the bridge, Starkiller was forced to systematically eliminate all of the Imperials that had infiltrated the Rebel flagship's hangar and engine sections. Upon arriving at the bridge, Kota informed the clone that the battle was going badly for the Alliance; Kamino's deflector shield prevented the Rebels' ground forces from storming the planet, thus leaving the Rebel ships to be decimated by the Star Destroyers in space. In spite of the Alliance's lack of progress, Starkiller devised a plan to destroy the shield generator by crashing the Salvation into Timira City.
As the surviving crew members abandoned the ship under Kota's command, all systems were diverted to the bridge as Starkiller plotted a course straight through Kamino's atmosphere. As the ship plummeted to Timira City on autopilot, Starkiller cleared debris from the battle out of the ship's path, allowing it to smash through the shield. During its descent, the Salvation broke in half, with the rear half plowing into the shield generator, while his flew at the spire where Darth Vader was holed up. Too late realizing that Eclipse was also being held in the spire, Starkiller used the Force to destroy the entire forward section of the Salvation. Managing to survive the fall onto the facility, Starkiller proceeded to infiltrate the same city where he was "created" along with the other clones of the Marek template.
Making his way towards one of the Imperial hangar bays, he killed everything in his path, as well as clearing out a group of snipers harrying Rahm Kota and his squad. Rendezvousing with Kota, they broke into one of the Imperial command centers, hoping to use it to open the hangar doors, but the controls were destroyed by an Imperial bombing run. While Kota and his men looked for a security hub to prevent any more lock downs, Starkiller made his way to an alternate command center only to find the controls locked. Instead, he used telekinesis to wrench the doors open.
Needing a shortcut across the facility's interior towards the base of the cloning spires, Starkiller climbed on top of the hangar doors and leapt onto a passing Y-wing. The pilot, Wedge Antilles, obliged to Starkiller's request for a ride, flew the clone across the dome. Leaping off and entering the spire, Starkiller began his ascent to the top spire of Timira City. Within the vast chambers that contained countless developing clones, he fought with Imperial Saber Guards and Sith Acolytes, and finding to his horror that most of the cloning tanks within the spire contained more clones of Galen Marek. Wondering if the original Starkiller's corpse was located somewhere in Timira City, the clone was forced to accept that Vader did not lie about the existence of Marek's other imperfect clones as he originally believed. As he ascended higher and higher, he attempted to do so stealthily and with as little bloodshed as possible, but was given away by an unnoticed Terror Trooper, forcing him to kill them all.
Throughout the entire time since Starkiller broke off from Kota and his Rebel forces, the Jedi General became increasingly frustrated with the clone's obsession with Juno Eclipse. He implored Starkiller to return to the main fighting, arguing that one life—even Eclipse's life—was not more important than the Rebellion. However, as the clone grew ever closer to the woman who became the sole focus of his existence, he made it clear to Kota that his only priority was to save Eclipse; the Rebel Alliance was of absolutely no concern to him, and nor was its war against the Empire. Without Starkiller's aid, PROXY calculated that the Rebels would suffer severe casualties against the Imperial counterattack. PROXY's calculation proved accurate and Kota's troops were barely able to avoid being completely wiped out.
The confrontation with Darth VaderEdit
- Starkiller: "Your training made me strong enough to escape you, not obey you."
- Darth Vader: "Yet here you are. My most deadly creation."
- Starkiller: "You lie! You never wanted this. You can't have. Once Juno has been rescued, your facility will be destroyed. You with it, if there's any justice."
- Darth Vader: "There is no justice. Only power."
- ―Starkiller and Darth Vader[src]
Though Kota warned Starkiller via comlink against facing the Sith Lord alone, the clone reached the end of his patience in his quest to find Juno Eclipse. Thus, he ignored the Jedi's advice and proceeded forward, knowing that a fight with his master was inevitable at this point. As he wandered through the smoke-shrouded corridors, he was attacked by Vader. Starkiller managed to fend off the Sith Lord, but was struck by a sudden and violent Force vision before he could counter, allowing Vader to slip away. Tortured by his own mind as he wandered the corridors, Starkiller was attacked twice more by Vader before reentering the larger interior spaces of the spire.
Darth Vader made himself visible on one of the tank platforms, declaring that Starkiller would either surrender to him or die in the very chamber where he was created. Starkiller leapt up to engage Vader, but the Dark Lord relied on more evasive tactics, having learned firsthand the futility of directly fighting against the power of Galen Marek—or a clone who inherited said power. Fending off Starkiller's attacks while sending Sith Training Droids in the guise of various figures from Galen Marek's past to fight him, Vader sought to break the clone's resolve with psychological warfare. Starkiller easily held them off and turned on Vader. However, the Vader he fought turned out to be just another holodroid, and Starkiller leapt further upwards in search of the real Sith Lord.
As he prepared to face the true Darth Vader, Starkiller also found himself confronted by many more aberrant clones of Galen Marek, thus further backing up Vader's claim about consistently failing to produce a perfect clone of the original Starkiller. As he fought his "brothers," Starkiller could sense that all of the clones were virtually the same as him—not only because they possessed the same skills as him, albeit in varying degrees, but also because they had inherited the same Force potential and identity crisis as Starkiller. Faced with what were essentially alternate versions of himself and Galen Marek, Starkiller was forced to truly accept his identity as a clone in the face of such overwhelming proof. His aggressive counters against the clones were reluctant, as he was essentially committing fratricide—and even suicide—by killing clones that shared the exact same genetic makeup as himself.
In light of the revelation of the truth he had already accepted from the start, Starkiller rushed Vader in a rage. However, the Sith Lord casually defended himself with his lightsaber and then telekinetically threw Starkiller off his feet as the platform bucked. Starkiller rebounded and continued his attack. Even as they fought across the top level of the tower, Starkiller sensed that Vader was still testing him, and attempted to keep a handle on his emotions. When an opening came, Starkiller moved to take it, only to be hit by a vision of an apparently lifeless Juno Eclipse in his arms. Starkiller's momentary confusion allowed Vader to knock him down before making a hasty withdrawal. Starkiller pursued him, and reached the very top of the spire.
The battle continuesEdit
- "The whole place is under attack."
- ―Boba Fett, warning a cloning technician
While Vader and Starkiller fought in the main cloning spire, all of Timira City became a battlefield between Imperial and Rebel forces. Boba Fett, who had been ordered to remain by the Dark Lord, retreated deep into the facility to escape from the Rebel invaders. As the battle fell further into the Rebel Alliance's favor, Boba Fett found the same cloning technician that he spoke with during his first visit to Timira City. He demanded that the scientist remain behind and protect the undeveloped clones, which Boba viewed as the legacies of Jango Fett.
The frightened scientist revealed that the clones were not created from Jango Fett—their genetic donor was Boba Fett, their fellow clone. He then explained to the stunned mercenary that Vader hired Xasha to secretly extract DNA samples from Fett, and to also obtain a copy of his brain patterns to create the memory flashes that would be used to train the clones. Outraged by the deception of Vader and Xasha, Fett killed the cloning technician and proceeded to burn all of his clones.
Even though he felt betrayed by Vader's duplicity, Fett chose to remain on Kamino in order to fulfill his contract by terminating Starkiller, who was locked in a lightsaber duel with his creator. Before Fett could get a clear shot at the clone with his sniper rifle, he was intercepted by Rahm Kota, PROXY and a squad of Rebel troopers. Although he killed the troopers with ease and even held the Jedi Kota at bay, the bounty hunter was caught off guard by PROXY when the holodroid used its ability to take on the appearance of the long dead Jango Fett. The distraction worked and Boba was defeated by the faux "Jango." As Kota and PROXY attempted to apprehend him, Fett threw a sonic detonator at their feet and used the distraction to escape to higher ground.
Darth Vader's defeat and captureEdit
- "Her death gives you strength. Embrace it."
"I will kill you!"
- ―Darth Vader and Starkiller, both assuming that Juno Eclipse is dead
When Starkiller demanded Eclipse's location, Vader sidestepped and revealed her standing behind him. Vader took her up in a telekinetic chokehold, demanding that Starkiller surrender to him in exchange for her life. Starkiller agreed, casting aside his lightsabers and dropping to his knees. With the clone in submission, Vader commanded Starkiller to locate and kill Rahm Kota, to embrace the dark side of the Force, and to hunt down and execute the Rebel leaders upon the completion of his training; failure to meet any of the Sith Lord's demands would result in nothing less than Eclipse's death. However, while Vader and Starkiller were both distracted, Eclipse retrieved one of the clone's lightsabers and attacked the Dark Lord. Vader barely sensed Eclipse's intention in time to dodge the attack, but not without sustaining damage to his armor's chest panel. In retaliation, Vader blasted her back with a powerful Force push, seemingly killing her. Starkiller fell on Darth Vader in blind rage.
As they fought across the rain-slicked spire roof, Starkiller realized that this was Vader's plan all along; to use Juno Eclipse's death to bring about his own fall. Knowing this, Starkiller attempted to reason with Vader, even as their fight increased in intensity. He even went so far as to suggest that his master join the Alliance in order to destroy Emperor Palpatine. But Vader simply redoubled his own attack in response, making it clear that he wanted nothing to do with the Rebellion. At the same time, Starkiller also realized the absurdity of his suggestion; the Alliance would sooner execute Vader for war crimes before they ever forgive him, much less accept him into their ranks. As they continued to fight, Vader tried to encourage Starkiller to rise above his artificial feelings for Eclipse, stating that she meant nothing and was only holding him back. Starkiller continued to press his attacks in order to get to Eclipse, but Vader stayed firmly between the two and reminded the clone that Eclipse loved Galen Marek—not a clone of a dead man.
Starkiller was eventually forced onto his back foot and disarmed. Dodging Vader's lightsaber throws, he caught his master's lightsaber and threw it back at him, cutting off Vader's right hand. Unfazed by the loss of his hand, Vader spun at Starkiller, punching at him with his prosthetic stump. Starkiller managed to duck under the blow, though Vader threw him off his feet with a sudden Force push. With Starkiller vulnerable, Vader telekinetically ripped one of the massive lightning rods across the top of the spire out of its socket and attempted to crush the prone Starkiller with the large, pointed tip. Driven to the edge of the roof by the colossal metal spike, Starkiller managed to draw on the Force to boost his physical strength, pushing the incredible weight clear of his body, while simultaneously lifting one of the other lightning rods from its socket. Still holding up the other rod, Starkiller pushed the rod pinning him with enough force to send it spinning towards Vader. As the Dark Lord ducked underneath it, Starkiller arranged his own rod to direct a dazzling bolt of lightning across the top of the spire towards himself. Catching and redirecting the bolt, Starkiller channeled it into a powerful barrage of Force lightning, causing Darth Vader to experience excruciating pain before falling to his knees in submission.
Reclaiming his lightsabers, Starkiller prepared to execute Darth Vader, even as the Sith Lord continued to try turning him. However, he was halted at the last second by Rahm Kota and his squad. Kota called for taking Vader prisoner to interrogate and formally execute him, reasoning to Starkiller that Vader was the only one who knew for sure whether or not he was truly a clone. Unknown to Starkiller, he had both Boba Fett and a fellow surviving clone of Galen Marek preparing to intervene if Starkiller attempted to kill Vader. Ultimately, Starkiller chose to spare Darth Vader, thus heeding Kota's advice rather than succumbing to Vader's insistence that the clone fulfill his destiny.
- "As long as she lives, I will always control you."
- ―Darth Vader
With Darth Vader overcome, Starkiller rushed to Eclipse, whom PROXY was attempting to revive. Unsuccessful, PROXY apologized for his failure, though Starkiller was quick to forgive him, stating that the fault was his own, for seeking out Eclipse in the first place. Holding her body in his arms, Starkiller began grieving when Eclipse inexplicably awoke and kissed him. Unknown to Starkiller, Boba Fett had been preparing to kill him with a sniper rifle, but relented out of sympathy when Eclipse woke up.
With the battle won and Vader captured, the Rebel attention was turned to cleanup. Vader would be transported on board the Rogue Shadow to keep his whereabouts secret, with Starkiller supervising his transport, and the Timira City facilities with wreckage from the space battle. Kota saw to Vader's "accommodations" aboard the Rogue Shadow, telling Starkiller that he hadn't said a word during this process. Starkiller was skeptical that Vader would give in to interrogation, believing that the Sith Lord's own experiences had already pushed him past his breaking point.
As the Rebel Alliance claimed its first significant victory in the Galactic Civil War, Rebel morale soared amongst its members, despite the clear fact that their losses had been great. Vader was heavily restrained in preparation for his transference to a secret base on Dantooine. Shortly before leaving Kamino, Starkiller confronted his creator in an effort to get information about himself, only to receive nothing except Vader's silence.
As Starkiller turned to leave, Vader simply reminded him that as long as Juno Eclipse was alive, Vader would always control him. Soon after, Starkiller met up with Eclipse in the cockpit of the Rogue Shadow and left Kamino with the rest of the Rebel fleet. Eclipse readied the ship for hyperspace, unaware that Boba Fett's Slave I had emerged from the wreckage orbiting Kamino and followed them into hyperspace.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "You have faced your final test."
"What is thy bidding, my Master?"
"Take his starfighter. Scour the far reaches of the galaxy. Find the last of the Rebels and destroy them."
"As you wish."
- ―Darth Vader and the Dark Apprentice
After defeating Darth Vader in combat, Starkiller is presented with the option of striking down his creator in anger, or sparing the Sith Lord's life and giving him up to Alliance custody. In the non-canon dark side ending of the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II video game, Starkiller is overcome by his hatred and chooses to kill Vader in cold blood. As he raises his lightsaber to deliver the final blow while General Rahm Kota and the Rebel troopers look on in shock, the clone is suddenly stabbed in the chest by a red-bladed lightsaber. Starkiller, caught completely by surprise, falls to the floor in agony as Vader watches on. A hooded figure, having used a cloaking device to get near the clone without being detected, appears behind the fallen body of Starkiller. Rahm Kota activates his own saber and attacks Starkiller's murderer, only to see his attacks easily deflected. In the short duel, the assassin wounds Kota by slashing him across his armored torso. Lifting the Jedi fugitive with the Force, he throws Kota at PROXY and the remaining Rebel troops. Before any of them can react, he pushes all of them off of Timira City's top cloning spire and into Kamino's vast oceans with a powerful Force push.
In Starkiller's dying moments, he struggles to lift himself up, only to fail due to the fatal wound in the center of his chest. Darth Vader recovers enough to approach Starkiller just before the clone breathes his last breath. As he reveals that the cloning process was finally perfected prior to the Battle of Kamino, the dark-armored warrior walks over to Vader's side and lowers his hood. To Starkiller's shock, he and his killer shares the exact same face—the face of Galen Marek. Starkiller realizes that he has been mortally wounded by his own clone brother, Darth Vader's Dark Apprentice—the only perfect clone that the Dark Lord painstakingly endeavored to create after so many failures. With this revelation, Starkiller stares at the dead body of Juno Eclipse, who failed to recover from her own ordeal, succumbs to his fatal injury and dies.
As a group of Terror Troopers secure the area, Darth Vader congratulates his new apprentice for passing the final test in his training. The dark clone, having fully overcome the emotional imprints of his genetic template to prove his loyalty to Vader and his total conversion to the dark side, falls on one knee and loyally awaits his next orders. Vader commands the clone to commandeer the Rogue Shadow in order to search the far reaches of the galaxy. His primary objective is to hunt down and destroy the last remnants of the Rebel Alliance.
The Dark Apprentice obediently obliges his master, rises and turns to leave on his new mission. As he walks away, he takes a moment to stare at Juno Eclipse's body. The expression on his face, which has been altered with a pale skin color and yellow eyes, is filled with hatred and contempt. Pulling his hood back up, the Dark Apprentice prepares to depart from his homeworld as the lone success of Vader's entire project to clone the original Starkiller.
As the Rogue Shadow, piloted by the Dark Apprentice, flies through the debris of Imperial and Rebel starships with an escort of TIE fighters, the Battle of Kamino ends as an Imperial victory; the Rebels fail to destroy the world's cloning facilities, much less capture Darth Vader. The alternate concludes with the Rogue Shadow jumping into hyperspace.
The Battle of Endor: Alternate versionEdit
- "The Rebels must be stopped before they can destroy the shield generator. Leave no survivors."
"Understood, my Master."
"There will be no one to stop us this time."
"Yes, my Master."
- ―Darth Vader and the Dark Apprentice
In a DLC attachment that follows the dark side ending, the Dark Apprentice participates in the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY while Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine oversee the construction of the second Death Star. Landing the Rogue Shadow on the forest moon of Endor, not far from the location of the battlestation's shield generator bunker, Vader's now veteran assassin slaughters his way through a combined force of Rebel soldiers and Ewoks. Upon reaching the bunker's secret entrance, the dark clone is confronted by the ex-smuggler Han Solo and the wookiee Chewbacca. Utilizing a commandeered AT-ST, Chewbacca attempts to kill their opponent while Solo utilizes his blaster and several thermal detonators. All of their attempts end in failure and both are killed by the Dark Apprentice, who then enters the bunker to prevent its destruction.
After killing a group of Rebels, the clone fights his way through Rebels and Imperials while both sides are locked in combat. Once all who stood in his way are properly disposed of, he finds Leia Organa in the process of planting a few explosive charges. Using the Force, he detonates the explosive, throwing Leia back. To his surprise, the young woman reveals that she had been trained as a Jedi after her twin brother was killed in the Battle of Hoth. Utilizing their respective lightsabers and Force powers, the dark clone and the Jedi engage in a climactic duel to the death. Despite her promising abilities, which the apprentice acknowledges, Leia is no match for her opponent and tries to retreat. The Dark Apprentice prevents her from leaving, thus forcing Leia to continue the fight. She ultimately fails to overcome the clone's fury, and perishes as he stabs her in the abdomen with one of his sabers. As the Dark Apprentice looks on in victory, the last living offspring of Anakin Skywalker dies.
Meanwhile, in the Emperor's throne room, Palpatine gloats over the Rebels' decisive defeat while Darth Vader stands at his side. He then reveals how he knew all along about Vader's plan to overthrow him by using a clone of the late Galen Marek. With his treachery revealed, Vader activates his lightsaber in a last ditch attempt to finally kill his master. However, Palpatine easily defeats Vader by using Force lightning, forcing his hobbled disciple to his knees. Contacting Captain Sarkli, the Emperor orders his forces to destroy the clone.
On Endor, the the Dark Apprentice sits in meditation near the body of Leia Organa. At that point, a group of Star Destroyers converge on his location. Mere moments after the Imperials arrive, he opens his eyes—at which point the DLC version of the Battle of Endor reaches its conclusion.
Dark side ending: novelized versionEdit
In the novelization of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, the dark side ending appears as a Force vision to Starkiller during the Battle near the Itani Nebula. Though confused and unsure of how to interpret the vision of a possible future, Starkiller realizes that he and Juno Eclipse would die if he gave into the dark side once more. As a result, the Dark Apprentice makes a canonical appearance in the novel as well. The novel refers to the dark clone as the reborn Starkiller—a superior and far more powerful version of Galen Marek, especially in comparison to his imperfect clone brother.
In the Wii version, the final battle was depicted differently. When Starkiller attempts to submit to Vader, Vader slams Juno down on the ground, instead of being knocked out of the window, causing Starkiller to feel enraged. Starkiller then fights Vader as well as several aberrant clones that Vader summons. After the battle is two-thirds of the way through, Vader hurls a Marek clone at an energy tower, causing the surface to explode and exposing a massive energy ball. Starkiller then attempts to finish off Vader, but Vader manages to trap him in a force choke, and attempts to hurl him into the energy ball, but Starkiller manages to jump back and then throws Vader into the energy ball, electrocuting and seriously injuring Vader in the process before the Sith Lord collapses.
Similarly, there were numerous differences in the battle itself. One difference was that Starkiller remained onboard the bridge of the Salvation and then detonated it after getting through the shield with a Force repulse. He then used a large chunk of the Salvation's remains as a makeshift "bridge" between the hangar section and the main facility itself. In addition to repelling various Imperial forces, he also had to reactivate communications equipment that were in the process of being fried by Flamethrower war droids.
- The Force Unleashed II novelization
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II comic (First appearance)
- (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II: Prima Official Game Guide
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded
- The Essential Reader's Companion
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29 1.30 1.31 1.32 1.33 1.34 1.35 1.36 1.37 1.38 1.39 1.40 1.41 The Force Unleashed II novel
- ↑ The New Essential Guide to Characters
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (comic)
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 4.21 4.22 4.23 4.24 4.25 4.26 4.27 4.28 4.29 4.30 4.31 4.32 4.33 4.34 4.35 4.36 4.37 4.38 4.39 4.40 4.41 4.42 4.43 4.44 4.45 4.46 4.47 4.48 4.49 4.50 4.51 4.52 4.53 4.54 4.55 4.56 4.57 4.58 4.59 4.60 4.61 4.62 4.63 4.64 4.65 4.66 4.67 4.68 4.69 4.70 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
- ↑ Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (Wii version)
- ↑ The placement of this incident is unclear, but this article assumes it takes place before Starkiller's confrontation with Darth Vader.