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- "Some things are more important than the life of any one person—including mine."
- ―Marasiah Fel
Marasiah Fel, affectionately known as Sia, was the first Empress of the Fel Empire. Born as a princess of royal lineage, she was the only child and heir of Emperor Roan Fel and Empress Elliah Fel. Through her father, Princess Fel was a great-granddaughter of Jagged Fel, the first Emperor of the Fel dynasty. Like her father, Fel possessed a strong connection to the Force, thus enabling her to join the Knights of the Empire. The lover of fellow Imperial Knight Antares Draco, she was captured by the One Sith and taken to Korriban, where Draco nearly died in an attempt to rescue the woman he loved.
Fel ultimately survived the Second Imperial Civil War to witness the defeat of the Sith Lord Darth Krayt and the fall of his Galactic Empire against the combined forces of the Fel loyalists, the Galactic Alliance Remnant and the Jedi Order. Her father's death in the final battle of the war resulted in Marasiah Fel's ascension as the Empire's first ruling Empress.
Emissary of the Fel Empire
- "That's the former Princess Marasiah Fel—snarky attitude and all!"
- ―Deliah Blue
Some Moffs made no secret of their doubts about a woman being in line to take the throne, but like her father, Princess Marasiah was trained as an Imperial Knight, although she had not received a formal knighting when Darth Krayt and Grand Admiral Morlish Veed began their machinations to seize control of the Empire. By the time of the Attack on Emperor Fel in 130 ABY, Marasiah was already secreted away on Bastion.
Marasiah acted as an emissary between her father and Imperial systems, often infiltrating planets in secret in order to determine the loyalty of the officers governing there. She was fluent in many languages, including Basic, Bocce, High Galactic and Huttese.
On the run
- "I will not allow you to kill another who has risen in my defense! I felt you kill Elke Vetter. That was enough."
- ―Marasiah Fel to Darth Talon
In 137 ABY, Sia, her bodyguard Imperial Knight Elke Vetter and her guide Astraal Vao were attacked while at the Imperial Mission on Socorro by Darth Talon, acting as Hand for Darth Krayt. Beating Vetter in one-on-one lightsaber combat, Talon tortured the Imperial Knight before finally killing her with Force lightning. Princess Marasiah felt the death of her instructor and friend through the Force and was torn between seeking revenge for Elke's death and escaping to continue on with her mission.
Strong-willed and independent, Sia was conflicted in doing "what duty requires," to use the words of her father, while others sacrificed and died around her, little realizing that she was actually of little importance to the Sith hunting her, except as a way to find her father.
The path of Sia and Astraal's escape led them to the Mynock and Cade Skywalker. She demanded immediate passage and promise of reimbursing at the other end. But the bounty hunter wanted creds up front, so Sia "ordered" him but it didn't work as he was once a Jedi. But at the sight of the Sith, Cade initiated emergency take-off procedures and blasted off Socorro. The two women hoped to make a rendezvous with Astraal's brother Shado on Vendaxa, but the self-serving Cade had other ideas, specifically the bounty on Marasiah and her father's heads, planning on delivering her to her father and then sell their hideaway to the Sith.
Fight for survival
- "I envy you your freedom but I'm not walking away from my responsibilities. The Sith are evil. It's the Empire's—and my father's—shame that we ever allied with them. We must make it right. Eventually, we must all strike back at our fears."
- ―Marasiah Fel to Cade Skywalker on Vendaxa
Arriving on Vendaxa, Sia and the crew of the Mynock were attacked by an acklay. The timely arrival of Shado Vao and Wolf Sazen stopped the animal, and Sia made arrangements to travel with the two Jedi. And she already guessed that the pirates knew her identity. She was willing to give them creds for transfer into their accounts—once she and the Jedi have left Vendexa and them. But a sudden attack by Darth Talon prevented them from escaping, and Marasiah confronted the Sith before she could kill Wolf Sazen. Her attempt at revenge for the murder of her master, Elke Vetter, was short-lived, as Talon Force pushed her away easily. Cade Skywalker intervened, throwing Talon into the forest with the Force, and led the party to the Mynock, but the ship had been sabotaged by Talon prior to her attack, stranding them on Vendaxa.
While waiting for repairs on the Mynock, it was revealed to her that Cade was a Skywalker. She approached him about the subject and told him how she wished she could just disappear from her destiny too. But she also told him that she would not run away from her responsibilities. When Imperial Knights arrived they were shot down, but survived the crash. Marasiah joined the other knights in the fight along with Cade. Marasiah condemned Antares Draco during their fight with the Sith for coming, knowing that her father would never send a rescue mission. When Draco confessed his love for her she told him, "I know."
She saved Cade's life when he was in a daze and failed to notice a Sith approaching him. Marasiah cut down the Sith, but not without injury. When Cade, holding her injured form in his arms, asked her why she did it, she said, "Told you… had to make it right… even if it's only… one… life…" She then fell silent. Cade called her lightsaber to him using the Force. Igniting it, he proclaimed "I have had enough."
Marasiah just barely survived the encounter, and afterwards the Imperial Knights and the Jedi brought her board the Mynock at Cade's request, Cade used his power that heals people close to death on her, bringing her back from the brink of death. She was then escorted back to Bastion onboard the Mynock.
- "I know the feelings you have for me—as well as your sense of duty. And thus, you're conflicted. I am not. I have no intention of letting my father run my personal life."
- ―Marasiah Fel to Antares Draco
Sometime after this, Marasiah completed her training and was formally knighted as an Imperial Knight. After being charged with a mission by her father, Sia met with Antares at the Pellaeon Gardens. Antares had been distancing himself from her ever since they returned to Bastion, and Marasiah knew her father had ordered him to do so. She told Antares that she would not allow her father to run her personal life, and showed him that she reciprocated his love by kissing him. Antares sadly said he wasn't sure if they could be together, but Sia confidently said they could.
The Knights were sent to find Skywalker before he fell into the Sith's clutches again. They were contacted by a fellow Knight, Azlyn Rae, who was once a Jedi, relaying information about the Jedi Order's Hidden Temple. Sia personally knew Azlyn and was confident her loyalty would be to the Empire rather than to the Jedi. If not, the Imperial Knights would be able to weed out traitors.
Fel, along with Draco and Krieg, would later be present in the Hidden Temple as Cade Skywalker met the Jedi High Council. She and the other knights were treated with distrust by the Jedi, due to Roan Fel's involvement in the Sith–Imperial War. Marasiah then told the Jedi High Council that it was in fact the Sith who had orchestrated the aforementioned events, including tampering with the Ossus Project. After this statement, Marasiah asked the Jedi High Council to join their forces with the Empire's. The Jedi then told her that they would consider her offer. She then conversed with the other Imperial Knights about Skywalker's plan to assassinate Krayt. She figured they could convince him to join them with bribery.
Later, Marasiah had a discussion with Azlyn, who was torn between her past as a Jedi and her duty as a Knight. Sia reminded her of the oaths she swore for life as well as warning her of the fate of the only Imperial Knight who broke his vows.
The next day, Sia and the others were witness via hologram to the Council's decision; they wished to pursue negotiations with her father but rejected Cade Skywalker's proposal of assassination. Sia stayed behind to continue diplomacy while she sent her fellow Knights to accompany Skywalker.
Sia later was present on Agamar when the Jedi Council accepted to discuss alliance with her father. However, the meeting was intercepted by the Sith. Though Emperor Fel managed to escape, Sia was captured and taken to Coruscant. There, she unsuccessfully tried to convince Moff Rulf Yage to help her escape and defect. She was then taken by Darth Havok, a Sith Inquisitor ordered to take Sia to Korriban.
- "I will not break, I will not bend, I will not serve."
- ―Princess Fel to Darth Havok
Princess Fel was taken to XoXaan's Temple's Chambers of Persuasion, where she was tortured and interrogated by Lord Havok. She resisted Havok's torture, which included Force lightning attacks, and refused to talk, prompting the Inquisitor to reveal his former identity: Eshkar Niin, the former Master of Antares. Sia was shocked to see Niin alive since Draco claimed to have killed him. Havok said that Draco lied, making Sia believe that her love was really in league with the Sith. Sia quickly recovered from her shock, and using telekinesis, she took Havok's lightsaber and attempted to silence herself. But Havok managed to overpower her and take the weapon from her hands.
Soon after, Draco, Krieg and Shado Vao arrived to rescue Sia. They found her in Havok's torture chamber, where they killed the guards and freed her. When Sia recovered and found herself in Draco's arms, she lashed out at him, calling him a traitor. She raged at a shocked Draco that he was ordered to kill Niin for deserting the Imperial Knights. Draco insisted that he had, but Sia told him that Niin was now Darth Havok and that he had personally tortured her. The argument was cut short by more Sith guards, and Sia took up a lightsaber to help make their escape.
The four managed to get to a landing pad where a shuttle was docked. When the path was clear, Draco told the others to leave while he held the Sith off. When Sia heard this, she realized that Havok had lied and Draco wasn't in league with the Sith. She protested Draco's decision, begging him not to stay behind, but he had accepted that he may have to give his life to protect her. Sia still didn't want to leave Draco behind, and Krieg had to restrain Sia to get her on the shuttle. Sometime after the shuttle took off, Sia and Krieg thought they felt Draco die at Havok's hands.
Some time after her rescue from Korriban Marasiah was escorted to the hidden Temple on Taivas by Wolf Sazen. There she was reunited with a recently recovered Antares Draco who had just spent a length of time being tortured by his former master at the very place he had rescued her from. Though she was happy he was alive she was displeased that he had revealed Imperial secrets instead of killing himself. Still she had him given armor and informed him he could regain his honor by fighting in the coming attack.
As the Sith assaulted Taivas, the GAR, Fel and Jedi forces attempted to entrap Krayt. But the Dark Lord of the Sith had one card to play: Sith troopers piloting Annihilator-class starfighters, turning the tide of the battle. The allies were then forces to flee as Tr'a Saa sacrificed herself to enable their escape.
- "Do this and you become Krayt! You embody the Force, father! This is wrong! You must see that!"
- ―Marasiah to her Father
Fel's father soon made the the decision to take the fight to Krayt on Coruscant directly rather than wait for him to attack Bastion. As the assault began, the Emperor had Fel, Treis and Draco by his side, stating that he needs those of absolute loyalty. When the battle went awry with Krayt deploying the Sith troopers once again, Roan Fel made the decision to deploy a toxin created by a captive Darth Maladi as a last resort. Fel and the others protested his hasty decision, for he would be condemning their allies and billions of innocents on the planet to death. However, Fel's father, too immersed in the dark side, Force-pushed Fel and Treis against a wall, stating that deploying the toxin would be better than handing over the galaxy to Krayt. Weakly, Fel tried to remind her father that he embodied the Force and was close to becoming like Krayt, and begged Draco to keep her father from using the toxin. Draco's recent experiences had made him realize what being an Imperial Knight meant, and declared that he would uphold his oath: to bring his Emperor back to the light side of the Force or kill him. The furious Emperor began to duel Draco. In the midst of it, they felt Krayt finally die at the hands of Cade but Roan refused to believe it. He was close to releasing the poison, unaware that he was in fact playing along with Krayt's plans, for the poison wouldn't affect the Sith. However, Draco ran the Emperor through from behind, killing him.
After Darth Krayt's death, the Dark Lord's Galactic Empire collapsed and the remaining members of the One Sith fled into hiding. Roan Fel was celebrated as a hero who died to liberate the galaxy; the details of his fall to the dark side were covered up. With the death of her father, Marasiah Fel ascended as the first Empress of the Empire. As the Galaxy became united under the rule of the newly-formed Galactic Federation Triumvirate, its first triumvirs consisted of Empress Fel, Admiral Gar Stazi and Jedi Master K'Kruhk.
Personality and traits
- "You're so much like your mother—my sister. Both of you are such warriors. Like her, you sacrifice so much for the Empire—for your father."
- ―Hogrum Chalk, to Princess Marasiah Fel
A princess of royal birth, Marasiah Fel was known to possess the usual poise and attitude of one who was born to a throne. Yet despite her haughty personality, she was also possessed traits such as bravery, integrity and even humility. The death of her mentor, Elke Vetter, both saddened Fel and made her unwilling to allow others to die just so she could continue to live. Though the weight of her responsibilities caused her to occasionally long for freedom, Fel constantly maintained her commitment to defeating the Sith, all of whom were undoubtedly evil in her eyes.
Her resentment of the Sith caused Princess Fel to feel burdened with a great deal of personal shame and embarrassment because of her father's former alliance with the One Sith during the Sith–Imperial War. The disgrace of her family name strengthened Marasiah Fel's resolve to undo the mistakes of her father by liberating the Galaxy from the rule of Krayt and his Galactic Empire. Her strong-willed and independent nature, as well as her steadfast commitment to honor and duty, made the princess a visible symbol of her father's struggle to retake the Empire that the Sith conquered from the Fel dynasty. In addition to Fel's relationship with her father, she was also close with her uncle, Hogrum Chalk, the brother of her late mother.
Though loyal to her father and committed to duty, the princess defied Emperor Fel's will by pursuing a relationship with Antares Draco, her comrade amongst the Imperial Knights. Given her sense of independence, she did not hesitate to cross the line between duty and emotional attachments. Fel could also be uncompromising under most circumstances; she had absolutely no tolerance for traitors who broke their oaths to the Emperor, nor was she willing to allow the Sith to break her will during her time as a prisoner on Korriban.
As an Imperial Knight, she remained fully committed to the oath that she swore to uphold—serve the Emperor unless he falls from the light side of the Force. If the Emperor can not be redeemed from the dark side, then it was the duty of every Imperial Knight to strike down the fallen Emperor in order to save him from darkness. Princess Fel stayed true to her duty even as her father succumbed to the dark side during the Battle of Coruscant. She refused to stand by and do nothing while her father planned on killing the Empire's allies, as well as billions of innocent civilians on Coruscant, in his obsession to destroy the Sith. Her relationship with Draco enabled the Imperial Knight to prevent Roan Fel's catastrophic plan by fatally striking down the crazed Emperor.
Powers and abilities
Through the blood of her father and mother, Marasiah Fel was born with a strong connection to the Force, thus enabling her to draw upon its various powers as an Imperial Knight. She was skilled in basic techniques such as mind trick and telekinesis. She also possessed sufficient skills with a lightsaber which she used to defend herself against Sith opponents on a number of occasions.
Marasiah Fel could count the Fel, Antilles, Solo, and Skywalker families among her ancestors, and thus shared blood ties with legendary personages such as Soontir Fel, Wedge Antilles, Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Anakin Skywalker, as well as the notorious Darth Caedus.
Behind the scenes
On page 19 of Legacy 7, it was intended that Deliah Blue and Cade spend the night together. However, a coloring mistake in the issue showed Marasiah in place of Deliah. A corrected version of the page was published in Legacy 9, and it was also corrected in the Broken trade paperback.
When Draco told Marasiah about his love for her, the response she gave mirrors Han Solo's reply to when Leia told him of her love.
- Star Wars: Legacy 8: Allies (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Legacy 2: Broken, Part 2 (First appearance)
- Star Wars: Legacy 3: Broken, Part 3
- Star Wars: Legacy 5: Broken, Part 4
- Star Wars: Legacy 6: Broken, Part 5
- Star Wars: Legacy 7: Broken, Part 6
- Star Wars: Legacy 9: Trust Issues, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Legacy 12: Ghosts, Part 2 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Legacy 15: Claws of the Dragon, Part 2 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Legacy: Loyalties
- Star Wars: Legacy: The Hidden Temple
- Star Wars: Legacy 28: Vector, Part 9 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Legacy 29: Vector, Part 10 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Legacy 31: Vector, Part 12 (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: Legacy 39: Tatooine, Part 3 (Vision to Cade Skywalker)
- Star Wars: Legacy 42: Divided Loyalties (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Legacy 44: Monster, Part 2 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Legacy 45: Monster, Part 3
- Star Wars: Legacy 46: Monster, Part 4
- Star Wars: Legacy 48: Extremes, Part 1
- Star Wars: Legacy 49: Extremes, Part 2
- Star Wars: Legacy 50: Extremes, Part 3
- Star Wars: Legacy—War 1
- Star Wars: Legacy—War 2 (Force illusion)
- Star Wars: Legacy—War 3
- Star Wars: Legacy—War 4
- Star Wars: Legacy—War 5
- Star Wars: Legacy—War 6
- Star Wars: Legacy 0 (First mentioned)
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Special Edition
- Star Wars: Panel to Panel Volume 2: Expanding the Universe (Picture only)
- Star Wars: Legacy 0½
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Legacy Era Campaign Guide
- "Blaster"—Star Wars Insider 118
- "Ask Lobot"—Star Wars Insider 118
- "Blaster"—Star Wars Insider 121
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Star Wars: Legacy 0
- ↑ Star Wars: Legacy 8: Allies
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: Legacy 23: Loyalties, Part 1
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: Legacy 2: Broken, Part 2
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Legacy Era Campaign Guide
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Star Wars: Legacy 49: Extremes, Part 2
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: Legacy—War 6
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Star Wars: Legacy 3: Broken, Part 3
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Star Wars: Legacy 6: Broken, Part 5
- ↑ Star Wars: Legacy—War 1
- ↑ Star Wars: Legacy—War 2
- ↑ Star Wars: Legacy 46: Monster, Part 4
- ↑ The Official Jan Duursema Discussion Thread on the Jedi Council Forums (Authors and Artists board; posted by Jan_Duursema on 1/3/08 6:20pm)