- "Nobody's ever sacrificed himself for any of us before. Couldn't let you go around thinking that was sensible behavior."
- ―Jarael, to Zayne Carrick
Jarael, born Edessa, was an Arkanian female and protector to the mechanic she knew only as "Camper" prior to and during the Mandalorian Wars. Jarael was a hot-tempered Arkanian offshoot with eyes and hands like Humans and pointed ears. She was a fierce fighter who demonstrated an extreme loyalty to Camper and her other allies; normally armed with a shockstaff, she was a tough opponent when fending off enemies, whether they be bounty hunters, Mandalorians or Jedi Masters.
The pair eventually settled on Taris in the Lower City, living out of a garbage hauler, The Last Resort. She became a traveling companion to the fugitive Zayne Carrick after he was framed for the Padawan Massacre of Taris. Along with the criminal Marn Hierogryph, the four attempted to evade capture by the Taris Civil Authority and the Jedi until Zayne turned himself in to save them. As the Jedi were about to pass sentence, Jarael rescued Zayne, touched by his sacrifice. The four, including a recovered bulk-lifter droid called "Elbee," escaped Taris, and went into hiding from the Jedi as the Mandalorian Wars erupted and the Republic found itself engaged in a devastating conflict.
However, after Camper fell ill, Jarael was forced to take him to Arkania, to the businessman Arkoh Adasca. Adasca, however, had other plans for both Jarael and Camper, and blackmailed Camper into serving him, while Jarael was helpless to stop the mad Arkanian. As Adasca sought more power from both Mandalorians and representatives of the Republic, the timely trap sprung by Zayne Carrick and other individuals stopped his plans. However, the weapon Adasca was bargaining with, creatures known as exogorths, forced Camper to lead them away from the Republic and known space. With the loss of Camper, Jarael traveled with Zayne Carrick to help him confront his notorious Jedi Masters and to clear his name. After the Covenant had been uncovered and both Zayne and Marn Hierogryphs names were cleared of the crime, Jarael turned to assisting the Mandalorian runaway Rohlan Dyre in his quest for the answers to the Mandalorian Wars.
Little is known of the early part of Jarael's life, only that she was running from a shadowy past, which some sought to keep secret. Her parents called her Edessa, which meant "triumph" in old Arkanian, while "Jarael" was a name she chose for herself later in her life.
At some point, she claimed that Camper saved her life and, out of gratitude, she began traveling and protecting him in an attempt to return the favor. Eventually, the two wanderers ended up on the planet Taris, hiding in a dump in the Lower City district known as Junk Junction, and living in an old ship known as the Last Resort. The pair deliberately avoided contact with the gangs that inhabited the Lower City such as the Hidden Bek gang and the Black Vulkars. Jarael worked from day to day as a scrap hauler for a Kedorzhan reclamation plant though that eventually closed and the pair turned to selling items Camper had fixed for credits. The Last Resort was kept on top of an old abandoned apparel warehouse and while growing up, she would frequently play "dress-up" to pass the otherwise boring and tiring time.
On the run
- "I'd say, 'Welcome to my life.' But, oh wait. You ruined that!"
- ―Jarael, to Zayne Carrick
Following the Padawan Massacre of Taris, Zayne Carrick and Marn Hierogryph sought the aid of Camper, but the two were nearly killed by Jarael, who proved quite adept in fighting with an electrostaff. Jarael ordered them both to leave immediately, and not return—she was afraid that the Republic would follow Carrick's trail directly to them and discover their hiding place. Meanwhile, the Padawan Massacre incident had caused Lhosan Industries to announce their pullout from Taris, financially ruining many people in the Lower City. Frustrated and annoyed by Jarael's demeanor, Carrick referred to her as "Darth Sunshine". Even so, when an arrest party arrived at Junk Junction, she and Camper helped Carrick and Hierogryph flee aboard the Last Resort.
Being chased by the Jedi, as well as the Taris Civil Authority, the ragtag group fled into a nearby asteroid field. While inside, Zayne realized they were directly on top of the Rogue moon, the site of the former Padawans' last training exercise. Jarael accompanied him to the surface of the moon, where they discovered the remains of T1-LB, the Jedi's bulk-loader droid, just before Jedi Master Lucien Draay discovered them. Thanks to the Last Resort's repaired weapon systems, it scattered the Civil Authority forces and allowed for Jarael and Zayne to escape with the remains of T1-LB.
Inside the battered droid, Carrick and Jarael found a recording that revealed that the Jedi Masters had received a vision of a Sith Lord in red armor, killing Jedi and destroying cities across the galaxy. However, before they could see more, the Last Resort was attacked by the bounty hunter vessel Oroko and trapped by its tractor beam.
On board the Oroko, they were detained by the bounty hunter Valius Ying. However, due to Marn Hierogryph's bartering, all but Zayne were allowed to go free—the price on Carrick's head was far too high to ignore. On Gryph's suggestion, Zayne pretended to leave with the bounty hunters, but sneaked away and tried to reach the Last Resort. Zayne, though, was surprised to find Jarael patiently waiting for him. She immediately told him to stop running away, and that, by giving himself up, he would save the lives of his friends. Feeling defeated, Zayne tossed his lightsaber to Jarael, and decided to give up himself to the bounty hunters in order to stop the dark prophecy from coming true—doing this, he reasoned, would also save his friends from any persecution.
As Zayne finally stood before his former Masters, blaster fire rocked the Jedi Temple. Touched by Zayne's sacrifice, Jarael had disguised herself as the Sith Lord which had appeared in the Masters' vision and crashed into the Council chambers, fit with audio and helmet trick. After threatening the Masters with Zayne's lightsaber, she revealed herself to Zayne. While Lucien ordered the Masters to take her down, she used the suit's rocket thrusters to launch her and Zayne onto the rooftop where the Last Resort hovered. Due to the efforts of Jarael, Gryph, and Camper, Zayne was able to escape Taris and avoid being wrongly convicted of a crime he did not commit.
- "This is payback, isn't it? I posed as a Jedi and now this is Zayne's Force getting back at me!"
Following their escape from Taris, the team of fugitives fled to the mining colony on Vanquo. Hoping to steal some supplies, Jarael again disguised herself, this time as Jedi Master Q'Anilia. Her disguise helped convince the miners to abandon their camp in fear of a Mandalorian invasion. The plan went off perfectly, but unfortunately the Mandalorians did invade Vanquo soon after the miners evacuated. During the Battle of Vanquo, Jarael was captured by Mandalorians under Commander Rohlan Dyre while she was still impersonating a Jedi. Because of her disguise, she was imprisoned on the Flashpoint Stellar Research Station where other Jedi were being tortured and tested to find the "source" of their power. Though she protested that she was not a Jedi, the Mandalorians decided to keep her as their prisoner. After arriving on Flashpoint Station, she met with Squint, a Jedi who had also been made into a prisoner. Upon seeing that he had a new test subject, Demagol, a Mandalorian biologist, wanted to study Jarael immediately. Squint, however, protested and insisted that he go in her place since he had already, privately, figured out that she was not a Jedi. Before he was dragged off, he assured her that he had abilities that they were not aware of, and that they might be the Mandalorians' undoing.
When Squint was brought back, Demagol wanted, again, to test Jarael as he was fascinated by Arkanians and he also noticed something odd about her. Fortunately for Jarael, Rohlan Dyre came to the facility with Zayne Carrick, who was posing as a Mandalorian prisoner. Rohlan demanded that Zayne be tested next, and due to his status as a warrior and aggressive manner, his wish was granted. Some time later, Demagol and Rohlan emerged from the laboratory, purposely making it clear that Zayne had died. Jarael attacked Demagol but she heard a voice inside of her mind, and shocked by its presence, stopped her attack on the Mandalorian as she was thrown off him.
Soon afterward, the Mandalorians evacuated the facility due to their belief that the Republic was attacking. Zayne, Rohlan, and Gryph had developed a plan which allowed for Gryph to disguise himself as a Republic admiral who was directing an attack against Flashpoint Station. During Gryph's false transmissions Zayne used the Force to plant explosives on various ships in the compound, making them explode to cause confusion among the defending Mandalorians. Meanwhile, Demagol and Rohlan returned to the Jedi prisoners, and it was revealed that the true Demagol had actually been locked inside a storage cabinet—the Demagol that Jarael had previously attacked was actually Zayne in disguise. Rohlan and Zayne freed the captured Jedi, and during the evacuation of the facility, Squint and Jarael said their goodbyes to each other—Jarael was told that the next time they met, she was to simply call him Alek. Following the evacuation of the other prisoners, Zayne and Jarael left Flashpoint station on the Last Resort.
- "We're here to resolve a problem, but I guess I was expecting some kind of an office."
- ―Jarael posing as "Chantique"
Following their escape from Flashpoint Station, Jarael and Camper had problems to solve on the banking world of Telerath. Disguised as high level officials, the pair was expecting an office type world with large cities and a bleak, impersonal atmosphere—however, what they found was a beautiful resort planet with beaches, warm weather, and a relaxed environment, where they were greeted by the droid GG-36. Jarael and Camper were lacking of funds—fortunately, Gryph had a perfectly legal bank account on Telerath. The pair disguised themselves as "Baron Hyro Margryph" and "Chantique". Jarael explained how the bank administration must have mistaken the baron for the fugitive Marn Hierogryph, and as a result, froze the account. After a brief validation process, the account was reopened and they were allowed to collect the funds. However, while observing the beautiful scenery with the banker, they were intercepted by the Moomo Brothers, a pair of second-rate bounty hunters. During their attack, Jarael displayed amazing fighting prowess as she defended Camper. However, the two bounty hunters quickly made off with the banker who had assisted Jarael in reopening the account. The banker, as it turned out, was none other than Arvan Carrick, Zayne Carrick's father.
The Moomo Brothers were contracted by Master Raana Tey to observe and watch Arvan and his family in case Zayne decided to make contact with them. Once Zayne had made contact with his family, the Moomo Brothers were then to contact Raana and allow her and the other Masters to take control of the situation. However, the Moomos had a history of being third rate bounty hunters, and decided to go against Raana's orders and capture Arvan instead of merely watching him—their reason being that it was less boring, and that it made more sense to them, and therefore, more sense overall. Raana expressed her anger to the two bounty hunters and advised them that she would have to consult the other Masters to see what should be done. Meanwhile, Camper, Zayne and Gryph developed a plan which allowed them to rescue Arvan—Gryph convinced Dob, one of the Moomos, that Zayne was on the planet and was willing to trade his life for Arvan's. Gryph and Dob negotiated a trade, since Dob believed that this was a better deal for Raana. When Gryph arrived with a hooded Jedi, who was in fact Camper, Zayne secretly infiltrated the Moomos' ship and rescued his father from the two bounty hunters. Jarael personally refused to disguise herself as a Jedi to rescue Arvan, since the debacle which had led to her being previously captured by the Mandalorians. Once Arvan was rescued he helped transfer the money needed by both Gryph and Zayne.
Trip to Arkania
- "Welcome to Arkania. Bet you wished you stayed wherever it is you were!"
- ―Zadawi, to Jarael
Following the rescue of the banker Arvan, Jarael, Camper and T1-LB decided to part ways with Zayne and Gryph. Upon their departure Jarael informed Zayne of her admiration for his integrity despite his being a notoriously hunted man. She wished him luck in finding what he was looking for, and concluded with telling him that she wanted the Force to be with him.
Unfortunately, Camper's past caught up with him, and Jarael was faced with an assassin droid by the designation HK-24. After T1-LB was incapacitated by the assassin droid, Jarael fought HK-24 herself, only to be beaten by it. The fortunate reappearance of Rohlan Dyre, who had been hiding in one of the ship's smuggling compartments, managed to incapacitate the assassin droid and save Jarael's life.
However, during the fight, Camper had been injured by the HK unit and the injury caused him to have a serious "spell", much worse than anything previously experienced by him—Camper had always been prone to these "spells" during stressful situations which caused him to go into a coma-like state where he was totally unresponsive to those around him. Rohlan treated what physical wounds Camper had suffered but to help him, Jarael needed to take the Last Resort to Arkania, the homeworld of the Arkanians, where she had to find a cure—despite the fact that hybrids like her and Camper were despised by "pure" Arkanians.
While in Adascopolis, disguised by using heavy clothing and goggles, Jarael attempted to find help for Camper. However, she was immediately discovered to be an off-shoot Arkanian and forced to leave the city—in the process, Jarael met a young Arkanian off-shoot named Zadawi. Zadawi explained to Jarael the plight of the other off-shoots, who were being forced to work in mining camps. Zadawi took Jarael to her grandmother that night where she was made to feel welcome. However, her grandmother felt ill after she and Jarael had a disagreement concerning Adascorp.
Jarael, though, still required help getting medical attention to Camper. With Zadawi's assistance, she more effectively disguised herself as a true-blood Arkanian with claw-fingered gloves, blank-eye lenses, and blush. While attempting to get help, the civil authority of Adascopolis was immediately called in to apprehend her due to her giving doctors the blood-sample of an offshoot. Jarael kept several of the guards at bay, but was eventually taken prisoner by Lord Arkoh Adasca himself. Jarael called Camper and Rohlan, and told them that Adasca had offered to help them with regards to Camper.
Arkoh Adasca's prisoner
- "This is the worst dinner I've ever had."
- ―Jarael, regarding Adasca's revelation of his plans
Camper was immediately taken in for treatment and Jarael found herself in the care of Lord Adasca. Adasca informed Jarael of Camper's previous status as a promising worker for Adascorp until he caught the Balinquar's Virus and ran away. Jarael was given the treatment of royalty during her stay on the Arkanian Legacy. However, Adasca and one of his workers, Eejee Vamm, kept the truth from her concerning Camper's condition—he, in fact, did not have any virus. Her stay on the Arkanian Legacy was just a ploy to get Camper to finish the project he had started for Adascorp before he ran away.
Jarael proceeded to act as a prisoner to Arkoh Adasca without her even knowing that she was, indeed, an actual prisoner. Eejee Vamm continued to play on the story of Camper having the Balinquar's Virus by displaying images of him in the quarantine on board the Arkanian Legacy. Adasca also kept up the illusion of himself being the benevolent businessman by sympathizing with her over her and Camper's life conditions. Despite Jarael being an offshoot, the pure blooded Adasca found himself attracted to the woman and invited her for dinner in the Arkanian Legacy's observatory.
As Jarael ate dinner with Adasca, he informed her of his plans to ensure that the true blooded race of Arkanians was able to expand and thrive—starting with Jarael's future children, a notion which she found to be unpleasantly abrupt. Adasca told her that he wanted to put Arkania at the center of the galaxy and of his plans to use the mysterious creatures known as exogorths to accomplish this. Adasca informed her what he knew of the creatures who seemingly devoured everything metal and mineral and how a scientist named Gorman Vandrayk had discovered a way to control these beasts. Once the beasts were able to be controlled, then Adasca said that he would be able to implement his plan—though he refused to elaborate further for Jarael during this time. However, as a final note, which he stressed with much importance, was that this scientist was known to her as the man she protected—Camper.
The first of Adasca's other guests arrived almost immediately. What was left of Battle Group Serroco, traveling in a freighter known as the Deadweight, arrived at the Arkanian Legacy. While Eejee Vamm suggested locking her up, Adasca thought she might have some uses greeting their guests. Jarael refused to be apart of Adasca's plans of selling off the exogorths to the highest bidder and ran from him. She was intercepted by several HK-24 units, however, but managed to destroy them in the ensuing fight.
Holding Adasca at gunpoint with an HK-24 blaster rifle, Adasca threatened her that he'd cut off Camper's hands if she did not comply with his orders. As she handed over the blaster rifle, the first of Adasca's guests had landed in the hangar bay. As the members of the Serroco Battle Group disembarked, Jarael spotted her old friend, Zayne Carrick. Jarael rushed over and kissed him—only as a resort to give him information of what was really occurring on the Arkanian Legacy and to Camper. Zayne was quickly taken to a secure area though Jarael begged Adasca not to allow them to take him back to Coruscant—a wish in which Adasca used again to bind Jarael to do as he says or spend the rest of her stay under the guard of HK-24 units.
The representative of the Jedi Crusaders arrived afterward with another of Jarael's old friends, Alek. Jarael attempted to make Alek see that Adasca was a madman but she was quickly interrupted and restrained by Adasca. While in the observatory with Adasca and his guests, showing them the exogorths, Adasca's final guest arrived. The guest was none other than Mandalore the Ultimate—his arrival made it apparent to her that Adasca had also bound her friend Rohlan into his game just as he did to her.
Despite Adasca constantly watching her, she was able to sneak away to the observatory alcove to receive a transmission from Camper. Jarael apologized for allowing Adasca to find him. Camper told her to find the Last Resort and escape. Jarael knew she couldn't with the armed guards surrounding her but reassured Camper by informing him that Zayne and Alek were on the Legacy. Adasca discovered her and ended her transmission. She resisted him, fighting him off but he managed to keep her down by striking her. Adasca, through Jarael's locater bracelet (torn from her when Adasca struck her), informed him that Jarael would become the plague designers next test subject if he didn't continue doing his work.
Fortunately, Zayne Carrick had been able to escape and along with Rohlan, Republic lieutenant Carth Onasi and Lucien Draay, whom had also been captured by Adasca, a trap was sprung and brawl took place between Republic forces and Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders. Zayne managed to release Jarael of her binds and grab a guards shockstaff and joined the brawl. Jarael, Zayne, Rohlan, and Alek managed to escape the Arkanian Legacy's observation deck as the exogorths plunged into it and consumed it, killing Arkoh Adasca. The four managed to meet up with Elbee who displayed a holographic transmission from Camper. Camper informed them that he was going to take the Last Resort and lead the exogorths away into wild space. Jarael and Camper tearfully said good-bye to each other as Camper jumped into hyperspace.
Jarael, feeling guilty for bringing Camper to Adascorp, was told by Zayne that he needed her to help him face his masters. At that moment, Lucien arrived and informed him that if he turned himself in, then he would agree to take all of them all away from the burning Arkanian Legacy. Zayne agreed to these terms but another ship had arrived. Moomo Williwaw crashed inside the vessel and emerged from it was the Moomo Brothers and Slyssk. Slyssk revealed that Marn Hierogryph was still alive on Taris and sent for Zayne to help him in his resistance against the Mandalorians.
Beginning anew without Camper
- "I may not know what I'm supposed to do since Camper left—but everyone else seems to."
- ―Jarael, to Zayne Carrick
Jarael traveled with Zayne and the others to Taris in their new, temporary home, the Moomo Williwaw. While Zayne left the Williwaw to seek out Marn Hierogryph, Jarael, Rohlan and Alek remained on board the vessel, floating amongst the Mandalorian blockade in orbit. With Camper in wild space and due to the events that had transpired at Omonoth, Jarael felt a sense of loneliness and her trust in others diminished. Rohlan took notice of her behavior and asked her to deal with her problems in the Mandalorian fashion—a sparring match. In the cargo hold of the Williwaw, Jarael spared with Alek and bested him. Her abilities were commented to be better then before and can still be better the more she trains.
The match, however, brought Alek and her closer together. Alek explained that since the Great Sith War Jedi have refrained from forming such relationships, however, he still wished for a more romantic relationship with her. Jarael asked that she be given time before she pursued a relationship with anyone due to the trust that Arkoh Adasca abused. Alek was unconvinced, and told her to ask herself whether it was really just the timing or because it was just him that she did not want a relationship with.
The stay at Taris would not last long after Zayne's encounter with Raana Tey however. When the resistance base came under siege by Mandalorians, Zayne requested for Jarael, Alek and Rohlan to take two children, the children of Constable Sowrs, to their father on Alderaan with the assistance of a young girl named Shel Jelavan. While on Alderaan, Jarael received another message from Zayne to come to the ice planet Jebble for pickup. On arrival, they found the planet swarmed with Rakghoul-turned Mandalorians, with Zayne and Gryph at the center of it. Though rescued, Zayne ordered the Williwaw to turn around to pick up a friend of his, Celeste Morne, agent for the Jedi Covenant. Before they were able to, Cassus Fett had arrived and fired off nuclear warheads, effectively wiping out the entire Mandalorian force stationed there. Jarael, Alek and Shel reassured Zayne that they could count on them to help him clear his name after he became upset by the apparent death of Celeste. First, by heading to Odryn, using the key Celeste gave to Zayne.
Infiltration on Odryn
- "Third Jedi impersonation's the charm, I guess."
At Odryn, Jarael disguised herself in heavy robes while donning make up and dying her white hair black to appear as human Celeste Morne. While Zayne Carrick and Marn Hierogryph stowed away in a laundry hamper, the Moomo Brothers would assist in carrying it into the Sanctum of the Exalted on Odryn to make it seem as if she was bringing an artifact—more specifically, the Muur Talisman. Upon landing, she was greeted by a native Feeorin, Borjak. Borjak immediately noticed the accompanying Ithorians with her and informed her of the one outsider per visit rule. Jarael, disguised as Morne, dealt several blows to the much larger man and had him at the mercy of Zayne's borrowed lightsaber. Jarael managed to convince Borjak that they were simply pirates hired to carry the Talisman. He approved provided they do not enter the Sanctum itself. En route to the Sanctum, Borjak showed Jarael the troubled state of the local village and how the weather has been negatively affecting it. Borjak showed her the temple and explained how only the Exalted, the oldest Feeorin—Jedi Covenant member Feln, may enter along with any guest. Before leaving her and the Moomo Brothers, he asked to tell Feln that he did his duty.
With Borjak gone, Zayne and Gryph were released from their tight compartment and entered the Sanctum using Celeste's key. Inside, they found a storeroom full of ancient artifacts and trinkets encased in green containers embedded with Covenant Identichips. While recording pictures of the artifacts, Zayne explained how he escaped Taris and how he thought it was nice to talk to her again while thanking her for helping him to which he asked why when Rohlan wanted her to be a warrior and Alek wanting her to help against the Mandalorians. The answer simply being he asked first. Jarael and the Moomo Brothers left for the rendezvous point while Zayne and Gryph continued recording the artifacts.
Onboard the Moomo Williwaw, Jarael discovered that the Moomo Brothers had actually stolen several of the artifacts found in the Sanctum inside their laundry hamper. When the Williwaw returned to Odryn to pick Zayne and Gryph up, the Jedi Master, Feln, believed that they were returning to raid the Sanctum again and as such, destroyed it. After the Feeorins on Odryn turned on Feln and killed him, Jarael and the Williwaw landed on the surface. While Zayne and Gryph, believing that they were at a dead end due to Feln destroying the evidence they had collected, didn't need to see the Ithorians laundry, Jarael showed them the artifacts that they stole.
Journey to the capital
- "Jarael—this is a fool's errand! We have taken risks to help your friend but this—"
"You're the one who wants me to find my potential, Rohlan! The only way to start my life over is with something to do. I'm doing it!"
- ―Rohlan Dyre and Jarael, arriving at Coruscant
The Moomo Williwaw, with its cargo of ancient Sith artifacts, left for Coruscant, the capital of the Galactic Republic and location of the Jedi Temple. However, as the Williwaw approached the planet, Admiral Saul Karath, commanding the Swiftsure, took notice of the gunship's approach and deployed Lance Squadron to stop them. The Moomo Brothers sprung into action, commanding the gun turrets while Rohlan attempted to reason with Jarael on Zayne's mission, Jarael refused to listen however, stating she wanted to start her life over again by doing something and that was to help Zayne.
As the Williwaw continued on its course toward Coruscant, Karath's coordinated fleet fired upon it, nearly destroying it. Zayne prepared to pull the Moomo Williwaw back when he and Jarael realized that he simply needed another ship. Jarael agreed to allow Zayne, Gryph, Slyssk and the stolen artifacts from Odryn to escape while she, Rohlan Dyre and the Moomo Brothers allowed themselves to be captured though Zayne was hesitant to allow Jarael to do this for him. Rohlan attempted to veer Jarael from this but she berated him and told him to go hide in a crawl space. Jarael took the Williwaw and crash landed it in the hangar of the Swiftsure. Admiral Karath recognized Jarael instantly from the Arkanian Legacy and ordered his men to find Zayne and Gryph—who had already escaped to Coruscant aboard the Deadweight.
Zayne and Gryph were however captured by Covenant member Xamar who brought them to masters Vrook Lamar and Vandar Tokare where he confessed to them the true killers of the Padawan Massacre. A plan was devised to secure the headquarters of the Covenant at the Draay Estate. There, as Jedi Knights attempted to infiltrate the estate, the retainer Haazen revealed himself to have been manipulating the Covenant from under Krynda Draay's, Lucien's mother and founder of the Covenant, notice. During the encounter, the Republic fleet was taken control of by Haazen who had the fleet fire upon Coruscant to prevent the Jedi Council's knights from storming the estate. During the chaos, the entire Covenant fell apart as Xamar was killed by cruiser fire and Q'Anilia committed suicide. Krynda herself was revealed to had been trapped in stasis ever since the Padawan Massacre and died soon after her release. While at first, Lucien Draay believed Marn Hierogryph to have been the cause of his mothers death, during his duel with Zayne, Lucien turned against Haazen and launched both Zayne and Gryph away from the estate as he took control of the fleet himself and destroyed Haazen, the estate and seemingly himself.
While the Republic forces and Jedi Order agreed to make the public believe the destruction was caused by the Mandalorians, Zayne and Gryph were cleared of the murders and their bounties paid off. Alek testified on their behalf during which Jarael hoped that the Jedi Council would make their peace with the crusading Jedi. In protest, Alek decided he would go under the alias of Malak until the war had ended. Jarael considered going to fight the Mandalorians with Zayne safe but decided that Rohlan Dyre needed her help to find the answers in his own quest. During Saul Karath's speech regarding the supposed Mandalorian terror plot, Gryph gave Jarael Zayne's Padawan braid, wanting her to give it to him. However, Zayne turned down the offer of being promoted to a Jedi Knight and opted to partner up with Gryph while protecting the little people who slip beyond their notice.
- "Only one there is, moneybags. You oughta know — you named it! Problem is, you claimed it — and my new buddy here ain't too happy about it!"
- ―Jarael, disguised as Captain Brackel
One month after the events of Vindication, Zayne took leave of Jarael and Gryph to visit his family — a fact which Gryph felt was suspicious. Despite the circumstances of losing his now-parter, Gryph created a new scam. On Metellos 3, planetary exchanges were being made for a hefty sum of money. Jarael and Rohlan Dyre, with a mining ship called the Hot Prospect, entered the trading floor of Metellos 3. Rohaln Dyre, disguised as a disgruntled native speaking in an unidentified language, and Jarael, disguised as Brackel — the captain of the Hot Prospect, stormed the area and held up the Chev Cipiter. "Brackel" explained how the natives of the planet Italbos were disgruntled with their planet being claimed and sold off by the auctioneers. Gryph, disguised as Gryphomarn — a professor of law, volunteered to represent the natives of Italbos in a new auction where the natives would get paid a large sum of money for their supposed mineral-riched planet.
Cipiter, to arrange the new auction, closed the market for the rest of the day and allowed for Brackel and her Italbos friend to stay with the professor. Without hearing word from the auctioneers, Jarael felt they were stalling though Gryph simply thought that it allowed the traders to come up with more money — money that would be transferred to the crew of the Hot Prospect though Jarael wanted to send her share of the money to friends on Arkania. While discussing Zayne Carrick's whereabouts, the trio were ambushed by a task force of Chevs utilyzing energy bolas and Sentinel droids. Rohlan and Jarael managed to hold off the task force while Gryph attempted to make a get-away but was captured in the end. Restrained with energy leashes, the two met Cipter's master, the Chevin Nunk Plaarvin of the Raff Syndicate. While being led away, Jarael attempted to make an escape as she attacked Mongorrt, the head of the security forces on Metellos 3. However, Plaarvin stopped the escape attempt with his massiveness and had them restrained even further.
The Chevin had both Jarael and Rohlan strung up in an observation tower whose glass was meant to magnify and increase the intensity of Metellos's already powerful sunlight and incinerate anyone in the room. Left to their fates by Nunk and his slaves, the companions watched as the sun began clearing the edge of the observatory's lens. As the heat built up, Rohlan revealed his suspicion to Jarael that she might be Force sensitive. Having seen her spar with multiple Jedi, he encouraged her to reach out with the Force and break the chains that bound them. Despite an initial protest that she did not have the power, Jarael ended up saving them both from the burning sunlight, breaking herself and the rogue Mandalorian free. Upon a happy reunion with Zayne, Gryph and Slyssk, after they had dealt with Nunk Plaarvin, Rohlan remarked that Zayne would need to instruct Jarael in the ways of her new-found powers.
After Metellos 3, Gryph went off to the planet Pantolomin  to set up their next scam. Meanwhile, Jarael and the Hot Prospect came across the lost luxury vessel, the Chancellor Fillorean. While exploring in the no-gravity ship, the crew discovered that all the passengers were dead save for one by the name of Toki Tollivar and his droid, Kayo. Toki informed Zayne and Slyssk of how everyone began to turn up dead in hyperspace and eventually he was the only one left. While Zayne left to call a Republic vessel, Jarael came across a strangled Slyssk in the galley. While Zayne was trying to use the Force to clear Slyssk's throat unsuccessfully, Jarael begged Rohlan to save him. Rohlan surgically implanted a breathing tube into Slyssk's throat. While the tube would be temporary, it would be enough to keep him alive. 
Zayne noticed Toki had been witness to the surgery. Toki claimed that he had been in his cabin to rest and sent Kayo to get his food. Zayne and Rohlan rushed off to apprehend the droid servant while Jarael remained to guard Toki and Slyssk. However, while Kayo was believed to be responsible for the murders and the attempted murder of Slyssk, Toki Tolivar was the real strangler or better known in Republic space as the Corellian Strangler. Toki revealed himself as a Sith adept during the Great Sith War as he put Jarael into a Force Grip. However Toki, much like Arkoh Adasca, sensed something beyond what they saw in Jarael. This disturbance upset the Bimm and made his killing more enjoyable. Before he could crush Jarael's windpipe, Zayne shot Toki. The blast however did not kill him and he attacked him. The Sith adept overwhelmed Zayne but the timely arrival of Kayo saved him. Kayo grabbed Toki and electrocuted him while Toki screamed remarks about the Jedi and Jarael. Rohlan shot Kayo in the back, resulting in an explosion that incinerated the Bimm. Rohlan shoved Zayne and retorted that he was no use to him if he could not protect Jarael. 
Upon arriving on Jervo's World, a large network of swoop-dueling arenas above Pantolomin owned by Lhosan Industries, Jarael was brought by Zayne Carrick into the Hall of Champions, a subject of extreme interest among swoop bike fans such as Carrick himself, where he told he about the history of the track and the rules of the dueling matches. After that they re-united with Marn Hierogryph, who infiltrated the arena under the alias of inspector Bulgryph Mandrake. The conman planned to use a small delay in the feed from the secondary dueling arenas to place bets on the winners before the result of the race was revealed to the auidience. But much to his dismay, Zayne had entered the dueling games himself to win a replica swoop bike of his hero, Goethar Kleej. Jarael, who was supposed to place bets based on Hierogryph's information, didn't place any because of her bad mood.
Personality and traits
- "You're good. Better than you have any right to be."
"And she can be better still. A warrior can tell."
- ―Alek Squinquargesimus and Rohlan Dyre, after a sparring match
Jarael was a fierce and hot-tempered Arkanian, passionately devoted to the older man she only knew as Camper. While living in the lower cities of Taris, Jarael was emotionally defensive, not allowing anyone to see her true self. Despite Jarael's fierce temper, a softer side of her emerged upon traveling with Zayne Carrick after he had sacrificed himself to the Jedi Covenant in order to spare her, Camper and Gryph. When captured by Mandalorians, she felt more concern towards others, notably the Jedi Alek when she witnessed the wounds dealt to him by the sadistic scientist Demagol. When she was led to believe Zayne was killed by Demagol, she lunged at the scientist, enraged by the death of her friend, although, she soon discovered that it was Zayne in Demagol's armor. When Zayne and Gryph parted from her and Camper's company, despite her distaste for Gryph and initial feelings of Zayne, she felt saddened by the loss of their presence.
Jarael demonstrated an advanced mastery of disguises. Since the start of her travels with Zayne Carrick, Jarael disguised herself as a Sith Lord, a Jedi twice, a wealthy official and as a true-blood Arkanian, only blowing her cover when she desired or when her actions caused suspicion.Her most successful disguise was during her infiltration mission on Odryn when she disguised herself as Celeste Morne using face paint and dying her hair black. She had managed to slip in and out of the Sanctum of the Exalted without any of the guarding Feeorins suspecting her.
Jarael letting her guard down around others proved to be an undoing when Camper fell ill and she was forced to travel to Arkania to get him aid. She unexpectedly found help in the very company Camper was running from. Lord Adasca charmed Jarael by granting her a suite to stay in and a vast wardrobe, though she was unknowingly being used to further Adasca's agenda, until he revealed his plans of making her children purebloods.Learning from this experience, Jarael became distant from others again, turning away from the romantic relationship sought by the Jedi Alek Squinquargesimus.
While living in the dangerous lower regions of Taris, Jarael became an exceptional fighter with a melee weapon as well as with her hands. Her skills in fighting had fended off bounty hunters, multiple law enforcement agents, and extremely dangerous assassin droids. Even when fighting proved useless, such as when she was surrounded by many Mandalorians, she fought viciously and valiantly.
Behind the scenes
Jarael was created by writer John Jackson Miller for the Knights of the Old Republic comic series, first appearing in the first story arc, Commencement, drawn by Brian Ching. Initially, a supporting character to main protagonists Zayne Carrick and Marn Hierogryph, the 2007 story arcs of Days of Fear, Nights of Anger, and Daze of Hate gave Jarael a central role of the story with the origins of Camper revealed to the reader.
Jarael, like Camper, is described as an Arkanian offshoot. However, she bears pointed ears like those of Aleco Stusea and Jedi Master Fay, which may hint at a third species being involved in her birth. Her ears made her an anticipated subject of Demagol, and also drew the attention of the young Arkanian Zadawi. Jarael claims not to have any knowledge of how they came to be and preferred to keep her hair draped over them.
According to Brian Ching, he had designed Jarael to step away from the conventional appearance of comic characters having too much sex appeal in favor for an appearance that made it seem she has to work for a living.Dean Zachary, when drawing the thirty-eighth issue, Faithful Execution, has been reported saying that he based Jarael's depiction on actress Liv Tyler.
John Jackson Miller commented that when developing Jarael's character, she would be more rough but his intentions changed when realizing that her attitude was brought about by the lifestyle she lived on Taris and once removed from it, her resentment would "melt away". Jarael's overall attitude, especially towards Zayne and Gryph, was later attributed to Jedi Shadow, Celeste Morne.
While joking about the week of April 13th, 2008 being "National Offshoot Week" due to Jarael being featured on the main page of Wookieepedia, Miller commented that when putting a voice to Jarael, he'd imagine actress Catherine Zeta Jones fitting the role.
In Nights of Anger, Part 3, there is a mistake in the entire sequence of Jarael's dinner with Arkoh Adasca: she is drawn missing the tattoos on both of her arms. John Jackson Miller's comment on this was an evasive answer that Madam Darvla, the woman who dressed Jarael for dinner, applied cover up.
Continuity-wise, her nickname (given that the KotOR comics take place in 3,964 BBY, four years before the Battle of Malachor V) establishes that the title Darth predated Darth Revan, the earliest Darth whose position in Star Wars chronology is defined.
In a promotional ad for Star Wars Miniatures: Knights of the Old Republic, Jarael is seen fighting Mandalore the Ultimate and Darth Sion alongside Zayne Carrick. When a character called "Todd" appears and claims he is roleplaying as a Jedi with them as his unwitting pawns, Jarael grabs Zayne and asks for him to hold her, while Marn Hierogryph says that he certainly will.
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