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- "…a Jedi who never was—a soldier who gave his life for freedom—and a father who believed in his son."
- ―Luke Skywalker
- "I am not now, nor have I ever been, a Jedi Knight."
- ―Morgan Katarn
He was an agro-mech craftsman and a self-taught roboticist; he constructed his home droid WeeGee.
As a farmer, a faulty BT-16 perimeter droid killed his wife Patricia. Despite Morgan's allegiance to the Rebellion, he sent his son Kyle Katarn to the Imperial Academy on Carida in hopes of giving him a proper education.
Morgan in the meantime learned the location of the mythical Valley of the Jedi, situated at an ancient battle site on the planet Ruusan, a source of almost unlimited power; it brought him in the path of the Jedi Qu Rahn, who was looking for it. Morgan had been entrusted with the lightsaber of his Jedi friend, which he placed within a hidden compartment in the family's homemade droid, WeeGee. Along with this, Morgan created a holorecording for his son Kyle that only the droid could decode. It told Kyle of his Jedi potential and of the importance of protecting the location of the Valley of the Jedi, as well as entrusting Rahn's Lightsaber to him.
Morgan Katarn had put a complex map of Ruusan on the roof of his home believing that nobody would notice its existence.
Jerec was interested in whatever information Katarn possessed, and ordered the Ghost Battalion to capture him alive. Led by Lieutenant Brazack and disguised as Rebels, the Battalion launched a raid on Sulon. They killed the Danga family and burned the Katarn homestead, but Morgan avoided capture as he was absent. He returned during the assault and secretly recorded the attack with his electrobinoculars before the soldiers left which he presented shortly later in a Rebel meeting; Katarn and Skorg Jameson considered they were an attempt to attack the G-Tap, to force the population of Sulon to depend on SoroSuub Corporation and, by extension, pay taxes to the Empire.
In an attack on Barons Hed by Imperial forces, again masquerading as Rebels, Morgan was captured and brought aboard the Vengeance by Jerec who interrogated and then beheaded him with a vibroblade. Morgan's head was then placed on a spike outside the walls of Barons Hed. This led Kyle to despise the Rebellion. Only when Jan Ors revealed the truth did Kyle follow in his father's footsteps and desert the Empire.
What Jerec did not know at this time was the map to the Valley of the Jedi within the roof of his homestead. He later found the map after forcing the information from the mind of Qu Rhan.
Behind the scenesEdit
Morgan Katarn was portrayed by Jacob Witkin for the live-action sequences of Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II and all other appearances of Morgan are based on Witkin's likeness. Morgan Katarn was voiced by David Chase in Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire audio drama and Dark Forces: Rebel Agent audio drama. Jacob Witkin would later reprise his role as Morgan Katarn in Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast.
There appears to be some conflict between the sources as regards the death of Morgan Katarn. In Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire Jerec beheads him with a vibroblade, yet in the Soldier for the Empire audio dramatization Jerec beheads him with his lightsaber. Still another source, Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight Maw tells Kyle that Jerec gave Morgan a sweet slow death. Of course, it is possible that Maw just says it to goad Kyle into getting into touch with the dark side, or that Morgan was tortured prior to his decapitation.
In Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Morgan Katarn's multiplayer skin is used in campaign mode as a single, generic Jedi in the Yavin IV level.
- Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire / audio drama
- Dark Forces: Rebel Agent / audio drama
- Dark Forces: Jedi Knight / audio drama (Statue)
- Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II (First appearance) (Appears in hologram) (First identified as Morgan Katarn)
- Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (Appears as a ghost or a spirit)
- Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (Appears in the NPC list)
- Dark Forces Manual: Coded Transmissions (First mentioned)
- "Game Room: Darth Vader's Plenty Game"—Star Wars Galaxy Magazine 11 (Indirect mention only)
- "Game Room: Game Knights"—Star Wars Galaxy Magazine 13
- Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II: The Official Strategy Guide
- The New Essential Guide to Characters
- Power of the Jedi Sourcebook
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 59 (German Edition - DUN4 Jerec)
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 124 (KAT1-4 Kyle Katarn)
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 140 (KAT5-6 Kyle Katarn)
- The New Essential Guide to Droids
- Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection 30
- The Essential Reader's Companion