32 BBY, Ryloth
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Boc Aseca (pronounced Bocas'eca in Twi'leki), nicknamed Boc the Crude, was a male Twi'lek who was one of the Seven Dark Jedi that Kyle Katarn faced and defeated in his quest to protect the Valley of the Jedi. Once dreaming to become a Jedi, that hope was taken from the Twi'lek when deemed too old by the Order. Years later, Boc joined the Galactic Empire and became Inquisitor Jerec's most sadistic and maddest disciple.
Boc was born on Ryloth in 32 BBY, and as a boy dreamed of being a Jedi hero. Unfortunately, the planet’s Jedi Watchman Anoon Bondara was killed the year Boc was born and his discovery as a Force-sensitive did not happen until many years later, when he was told by Nejaa Halcyon that he was too old to be trained as a Jedi. His dreams crushed, Boc felt as though he was cheated out of his destiny.
Heroic dreams and visionsEdit
Boc poured his energies into learning everything he could about the heroic Twi'leks that came before him. The story that intrigued him the most was that of Newar Forrth, who fought in the many battles that took place on Ruusan at the end of the New Sith Wars. After being killed in battle, the ashes of his funeral pyre crystallized and formed three idols that bore his likeness. Boc was gifted with a psychometric Force power, which allowed him to read "memories" from inanimate objects through physical contact, the same power that was also possessed by the Jedi, Quinlan Vos. Boc used the Force to read the impressions from these idols and was able to access shards of Newar's memory. He was mesmerized by the images he saw of Jedi victories at the Second Battle of Malrev IV and Seventh Battle of Ruusan. This only helped fuel his passion to become a Jedi Knight.
The rise of the Galactic Empire and the events of the Great Jedi Purge once again crushed Boc’s dreams of becoming a Jedi. To make matters worse the Empire also encouraged the Twi'lek slave trade. Boc found himself in the manservant of the harsh and bigoted Vice Admiral Terrinald Screed. Inquisitor Jerec noticed the Force-sensitivity in Screed’s new servant and demanded that he be turned over to the Inquisitorius, to be executed; Screed complied and handed the Twi’lek over. Jerec had other plans for him though, sensing that Boc had information regarding the legendary Valley of the Jedi, for which Jerec was searching. Jerec used the Force to rip the information that Boc had gathered from his mind. He made Boc his slave and rewarded him with a cruel quasi-apprenticeship that fueled Boc's hatred toward Humans. In the end, however, Boc became a Jedi—a Dark Jedi.
Boc was one of the six Dark Jedi, along with Yun, Sariss, Maw, Gorc, and Pic, that accompanied Jerec on his quest to find the Valley of the Jedi. He was present at the murders of both Qu Rahn and Morgan Katarn.
Upon meeting Morgan's son Kyle Katarn, Boc destroyed the lightsaber Master Rahn had given to Kyle. But soon afterward Kyle, using Yun's lightsaber, dueled Boc on his way to stop Jerec from harnessing the power of the Valley. Kyle's partner, friend, and love interest, Jan Ors, distracted Boc during the duel by throwing a rock at him. Boc's attention was momentarily directed to Jan, and Katarn killed him at the foot of a statue honoring Newar Forrth in the Valley of the Jedi on Ruusan.
Personality and traitsEdit
- "His sadism makes him an excellent Dark Jedi."
As Boc matured in the dark side of the Force, his hatred became overshadowed by a highly developed madness. He would speak with distinct pauses, often laughing between words, and he managed to remain a joker even in the most serious situations. Despite this, Boc's speech was eerily precise, he was quite capable of maintaining rational conversation, and he never allowed his deranged manner to distract from his focus on a situation.
It is unknown how much of Boc's personality was actually insanity that had consumed him, and how much was a creative ploy. Many who encountered Boc perceived his wild emotions as a testament to his weakness. Sariss, one of Jerec's other Dark Jedi, would shout orders at the Twi'lek with spite and impatience. In the brief moments when darkness clouded Kyle Katarn's thoughts, he regarded Boc as a mere "nuisance," and even the Jedi Master Qu Rahn was inclined to dismiss the Dark Jedi as a crude one who lacked "tact and teeth"—in a word: ineffective.
Jerec certainly saw enough power in the Twi'lek to have him by his side often, and the crazed Dark Jedi was the last challenge to stand between Katarn and Jerec himself. Regardless, madness was Boc's final passion: when he realized that Katarn had struck the death blow against him, he laughed maniacally with his last few breaths before finally collapsing.
Powers and abilitiesEdit
Boc's lightsaber skills and Force mastery grew in proportion to his growing anger and madness. His fighting style was described as unorthodox and unpredictable. One of his combat strategies included jumping about incessantly, making it as difficult as possible for his opponent to make a physical strike against him, all the while laughing and taunting his foe. Boc also often tricked opponents into believing he wielded a single wide lightsaber, but it was in reality two lightsabers—in the midst of battle, the Twi'lek would separate the modified weapon and launch into an awkward, seemingly clumsy, but deadly imitation of his idol's two-bladed Jar'Kai style.
Other than Jerec, Boc is the only known individual to have been adept in the use of Force Destruction, a rage-powered manifestation of the Force. He could also draw on the ability to telekinetically throw debris at his enemies. Further, he had at least a limited ability to conceal his presence, both physically and from other Force sensitives, as Kyle Katarn and Jan Ors learned when one of the supposed statues in the Valley of the Jedi suddenly leapt from its pedestal to confront them.
Behind the scenesEdit
There are two disparate accounts as to how Boc officially died. According to the illustrated novella Dark Forces: Jedi Knight, Katarn used the dark side of the Force to forge an invisible spear of midnight black, which he hurled at Boc, killing him almost instantly. In The Dark Forces Saga, Katarn put an end to Boc's Jedi dreams by cutting the Twi'lek down with his lightsaber at the foot of the statue.
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- "Building a Better Jedi"—Star Wars Insider 31
- "Straight from the Horse's Mouth: Dark Forces Rising"—Star Wars Insider 40
- "Underworld: A Galaxy of Scum and Villainy"—Star Wars Insider 89 (Indirect mention only)
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- Star Wars Galaxy Series 5 (Sketch Cards)
- The Essential Reader's Companion