Following the capture of Rosh Penin by the Imperial Remnant, Jedi Grand Master Luke Skywalker continued to send the members of the New Jedi Order out to various locations that could be targeted for dark side energy by the Disciples of Ragnos and the Remnant. He assigned Kyle Katarn and Jaden Korr to Vjun to investigate Bast Castle, one of Darth Vader's former strongholds.
Infiltration of Bast CastleEdit
Landing their ship, the Raven's Claw, in the vicinity of the castle, Kyle and Jaden were immediately faced with the hazards of Vjun's acid rain. Using the Force to protect themselves, they came across Imperial Remnant hazard stormtroopers. After fending off the brutish soldiers, the two Jedi made their way through the canyons to the castle, fighting more Imperials as they went. At one point, after being pinned down by TIE Bombers, Kyle and Jaden discovered a nearby turbolaser. The two split up and made their way to the gun. Jaden defeated a number of Imperials and Cultists, but when he approached the doorway to the turbolaser, he encountered a Reborn, a dark side soldier last seen during Desann's attack on Yavin 4. After defeating the Reborn in lightsaber combat and destroying the TIE Bombers, Jaden met back up with Kyle and they managed their way into the lower levels of Bast Castle.
Inside Bast CastleEdit
- "No one ever said being a Jedi was glamorous."
- ―Kyle Katarn before entering the garbage pit.
Upon entering the lower levels of the Castle, Kyle and Jaden realized that the turbolift was turned off. Much to the chagrin of Kyle, they had to enter the garbage pit in order to reach the upper levels of the Castle. Kyle and Jaden ascended further up Bast Castle by destroying a number of electrical conduits and using them to get through a hole they created in the ceiling. After destroying a power generator, Kyle and Jaden entered the main halls of Bast Castle and were split up yet again by an explosion.
Battling more Imperials as well as assassin droids and droids with lightsabers, Jaden eventually came to one of the main chambers of the Castle, which held the toppled remains of a statue of Darth Vader. Battling more New Reborn, Jaden knew he was getting close.
Upon entering the next room, where the Cult was gathering the dark side energy of the Castle, Jaden found Rosh and the Reborn Twins, Vil and Dasariah Kothos. Thinking that Rosh was being held prisoner, Jaden urged his fellow Jedi to come with him, however that wasn't the case. Rosh, noticeably more somber, revealed to Jaden that he in fact was the newest member of the Disciples of Ragnos. Though he was against fighting his friend, Jaden was forced to engage in a duel with Rosh. Jaden seemed to be the more advanced fighter, however, Rosh would be constantly rejuvenated with energy transferred to him by the Reborn Twins. Jaden changed tactics and slew the Twins first before taking Rosh down. Jaden stood over his former friend as Kyle entered the room. Then Tavion Axmis revealed herself as Rosh's new master and leader of the Disciples of Ragnos. Pinning Katarn against a pillar with Force lightning and holding Jaden down Tavion gloated over Kyle. Tavion then took Jaden's lightsaber and threw it at the ceiling, then destroyed it with Ragnos's scepter. Tavion escaped with Rosh in the ensuing chaos. As his Master stopped the ceiling from collapsing, Jaden cut a hole in the floor with Kyle's lightsaber and the two escaped to Yavin 4.
After informing Luke of the events on Vjun, Jaden constructed a new lightsaber to replace the one he lost at Bast Castle, and soon was sent on more missions to find the Disciples of Ragnos. It was during his return to Yavin 4 that Jaden was promoted to Jedi Knight. Kyle also warned Jaden that he could feel the dark side seething inside him, and to be careful.
- Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (First appearance)