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«Padawan… turn back. Leave this place—leave me. I am dying.»
―Laotah[src]

Laotah was a Selkath male Jedi Knight serving the Jedi Order and the Galactic Republic, during the Cold War with the resurgent Sith Empire. One of the Jedi assigned to guard the ruins of Kaleth on the Order's homeworld of Tython, Laotah lost his life at the hands of the native Flesh Raiders when he attempted to investigate activity in the area. Before his death, he warned the Padawan of Jedi Master Orgus Din of the Flesh Raiders' power, and the Padawan recovered the fallen Selkath's lightsaber from Laotah's killers.

BiographyEdit

«Surveillance monitors picked up Flesh Raiders entering this ruin. Came to investigate. Shouldn't have come alone.»
―Laotah[src]

A Force-sensitive Selkath male, Laotah joined the Jedi Order and became a Jedi Knight sometime before 3643 BBY. During the later stages of the Cold War between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire, Laotah resided on the ancestral Jedi homeworld Tython with the rest of the Order.[2]

On Tython, Laotah was stationed at the Jedi Temple, where he was part of a complement of Knights watching over the ruins of the ancient Je'daii temple of Kaleth. During the Flesh Raider uprising, Laotah saw security images of Flesh Raiders establishing a base in the Forsaken Den, one of the caves near Kaleth. Seeking out the answers to the Flesh Raiders attacks alone, he believed that the Flesh Raiders had a connection to the dark side of the Force, thus provoking their attacks on the Order. However, Laotah was unprepared for the Flesh Raiders' use of the Force, and was grievously wounded by the Flesh Raiders—one of whom stole his lightsaber.[2]

Laotah limped to the cave's entrance, where he encountered the apprentice of Jedi Master Orgus Din. Warning the Padawan of the Flesh Raiders' power and their possession of his lightsaber, Laotah succumbed to his injuries and died. The Padawan, who had been sent to drive the Flesh Raiders out of the cave, was able to complete Laotah's mission and recover the Knight's weapon from the Flesh Raiders, though the Padawan was forced to damage the Selkath's saber beyond repair during the fight with the Flesh Raider who had stolen it.[2]

Personality and traitsEdit

«Turn back. The enemy's too strong. They have my lightsaber…»
―Laotah's dying words[src]
LaotahSaber

Laotah's lightsaber in the hands of his killer

A male Selkath with blue eyes and blue-grey skin, Laotah was one of a handful of Knights who were deemed strong enough to withstand the lure of the dark side present in Kaleth and assigned to guard the ruins. An introspective Jedi, Laotah attempted to learn what drove the Flesh Raiders to violence, but underestimated the danger that the Flesh Raiders presented. His lack of preparation resulted in his death, but Laotah fulfilled his duty in his final moments by passing on his mission to Orgus Din's apprentice. Laotah constructed a blue-bladed lightsaber during his training, which was stolen by the Flesh Raider who killed the Selkath. The lightsaber was later recovered when Orgus Din's apprentice defeated Laotah's killer.[2]

Behind the scenesEdit

Laotah was created for Star Wars: The Old Republic, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game released by BioWare on December 20, 2011. He appears in the Jedi Knight mission "Dark Temptations," in which the player is sent to destroy a Flesh Raider base within a cave in the ruins of Kaleth. Upon entering the cave, the player will encounter the wounded Laotah, who warns the Padawan that the Flesh Raiders within can use the dark side, and that they have taken his lightsaber. After Laotah dies at the end of the conversation, the player continues into the cave and defeats the Flesh Raiders within, eventually facing the Flesh Raider Bladewielder who uses Laotah's lightsaber against the Knight. The lightsaber can be recovered from the Bladewielder's body, but it is damaged beyond repair.[2]

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Using comments and information from The Old Republic—The Lost Suns 2, The Last Battle of Colonel Jace Malcom, and The Old Republic: Annihilation, it is possible to place the events of the Prologue and Act I for the Jedi Knight, Smuggler, and Trooper classes in Star Wars: The Old Republic in 3643 BBY, the general events of Act II in 3642 BBY, and the events of Act III for all classes in 3641 BBY.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 SWTOR mini Star Wars: The Old Republic—Jedi Knight Mission: "Dark Temptations" on Tython
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