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Nom Anor
Biographical information


Died

29 ABY, Coruscant

Physical description
Species

Yuuzhan Vong[1]

Gender

Male[1]

Height

1.77 meters[1]

Hair color

None[1]

Eye color

1 blue, 1 plaeryin bol[1]

Chronological and political information
Era(s)
Affiliation
Domain

Domain Anor

"I want many things, and in time I intend to get all of them."
―Nom Anor[src]

Nom Anor was a male Yuuzhan Vong who played a crucial role in the Yuuzhan Vong War and was marked by his ambition, sense of self-preservation, doubt in the Yuuzhan Vong's gods, and skill in many fields. A member of the intendant caste, Anor was one of the leaders among the Yuuzhan Vong in the galaxy prior to the species' invasion. Anor helped prolong the Galactic Civil War, and weakened potential foes to the Yuuzhan Vong. In 25 ABY, the Yuuzhan Vong War began as the Yuuzhan Vong invaded the galaxy, with the Praetorite Vong leading the way. Anor assisted the Praetorite Vong, though the organization was defeated.

The main fleet then entered the galaxy, cutting a bloody swathe towards the Core. Anor helped in many operations, such as plotting with the Priest Harrar to eliminate Jedi, and sabotaging New Republic efforts to restore the planet Duro. Anor dealt frequently with Warmaster Tsavong Lah, a rival of his. A skilled spy, diplomat, and firebrand, Anor stirred up unrest throughout the galaxy, weakening the New Republic. Two years into the war, the Yuuzhan Vong captured the capital of Coruscant. Anor began dealing directly with Supreme Overlord Shimrra, providing intelligence that allowed the Yuuzhan Vong to attack the New Republic at Ebaq 9. However, it was a trap, and the Yuuzhan Vong forces were defeated, causing Shimrra to call for Anor's head.

Anor fled into the underbelly of Coruscant, where he became involved with the Jeedai heresy, a dissident sect of Yuuzhan Vong who cursed Shimrra and saw the Jedi as their saviors. Seeking a way to gain power, the ambitious Anor unified the heretics. Taking the identity of Yu'shaa, a self-proclaimed prophet, he became the leader of a powerful, rapidly-growing movement. However, when given the chance, he turned his back on the heresy to rejoin Shimrra's court in a higher rank. He began to rue the movement he had strengthened, as the heresy had gained a life of its own. In the final days of the war, Anor began to doubt Shimrra, seeing him as insane. The war came to a close in the Battle of Yuuzhan'tar. Taking up the mantle of Yu'shaa once more, Anor attempted to lead the heretics to victory. Ultimately, he was captured by the Jedi, while the Yuuzhan Vong surrendered after the death of Shimrra. Realizing that the future held nothing but uncertainty for him, Anor chose to remain on a disintegrating ship as it exploded over Coruscant.

BiographyEdit

The rise of Nom AnorEdit

"My plansss are my plansss."
―Nom Anor[src]

Nom Anor was born in the intendant caste, and was groomed to live his life as a politician. He rose rapidly through the ranks, and soon reached the rank of Executor. He then gouged out his left eye with a burning stick and had it replaced with a plaeryin bol. His goal was then to attain the title of High Prefect.

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Nom Anor in the shadows.

Nom Anor was also a talented bioengineer. He invented the coomb spore, the gablith masquer, and naotebe wingling, to name a few,[2] disregarding the Yuuzhan Vong religious protocols that restricted the creation of new weapons in the process. Nom Anor had no use for ancient protocols and traditions in general, and only used them to suit his own ends.

Upon entering a new galaxyEdit

"As you know, a band of agitators – controlled by Nom Anor – continues to spread unrest in our system. We have repeatedly requested the Republic’s intervention, only to be ignored."
Xbrr-Zinngogg to the New Republic Ruling Council[src]

In 6 ABY, Nom Anor was sent on a mission to scout out the galaxy and destabilize any governments that posed a threat to the swift invasion of the galaxy.[3] One of his first missions was to Calocour Heights on Coruscant.[4] In 11 ABY, he met with aspiring Emperor Carnor Jax, who notified his master, Lumiya, of the strange agent.[5] Anor later manipulated Xandel Carivus, a key member of the Imperial Interim Council.[6] Either before or after his involvement with the Interim Council, he was involved with foiling the plans of the Moffs (presumably either the Central Committee of Grand Moffs or the Council of Moffs).[7] Nom Anor had considered the Galactic Empire to be a greater military threat than the New Republic, and his manipulations helped lead to its downfall, thus making him the main individual responsible for the destruction of the Interim Council.

During this time, he also had dealings of an unknown nature with Grappa the Hutt, and several other "shadowy" groups.[8]

In the years following the death of Carivus, Nom Anor incited civil strife and anti-Republic riots on various worlds, including Rhommamool (through his founding of the Red Knights of Life)[9] and Adumar.[10] When the Imperial Remnant began to consider peace talks with the New Republic, Anor found allies in the Restored Empire, a faction dedicated to toppling both the Remnant and the Republic.[11] Anor hired a group of operatives to raid a toxic weapons dump on Nyara to steal a small but potent sample of zinethium, a highly destructive material.[10] This substance was later used by the Restored Empire in a failed attack on the Imperial Palace of Coruscant.[12]

Pre-invasionEdit

"The infidels call it preparing the battlefield. This is the careful, patient work before an attack to ease the path for the army of the faithful that follows. I prepare well: I leave nothing to chance. I'm Nom Anor, executor, and my task is infiltration and destabilization."
―Nom Anor[src]
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Nom Anor helped plan the Yuuzhan Vong invasion of the galaxy.

Thirteen years after Carivus' death, Nom Anor placed his coomb spores in the breath masks of one hundred New Republic diplomats on Monor II, including Mara Jade Skywalker. All of them became infected, and all except Mara Jade Skywalker died from the disease. She was able to hold the disease back using the Force.[2]

That same year he visited Bar Jaraniz on Nar Shaddaa to meet the Mandalorian Goran Beviin whom the Executor, under the name of Udelen, hired as an assassin, inspiring civil war upon the industrial planet of Ter Abbes. During the months preceding the galactic invasion, Nom Anor nursed a regular business relationship with the Mandalorian Protectors often meeting with their leader, Boba Fett. Intrigued by the Mandalorians' culture of war, Nom Anor called Fett and his people to witness the arrival of a Yuuzhan Vong flotilla in an 'up-front' attempt at further recruiting them during the course of the forthcoming war. However Fett did not believe a word Nom Anor spoke.[3]

Nom Anor continued to stir up political trouble preceding the invasion date, this time as the leader of the Red Knights of Life extremist group on Rhommamool. He caused friction between Rhommamool and her sister planet Osarian by making several anti-droid, anti-Jedi and anti-technology demonstrations and speeches. As the friction between the two planets escalated to war in 25 ABY, Nom Anor was informed via villip by Yomin Carr that the Yuuzhan Vong invasion had begun, and faked his own death.[13]

Early invasionEdit

In 25 ABY, the Yuuzhan Vong invasion began in full force. Led by the Praetorite Vong, the invasion was almost stopped dead in its tracks by their repeated failures, forcing Warmaster Tsavong Lah and the warrior caste to invade much sooner than anticipated. The actions of the Praetorite Vong tainted Nom Anor's reputation by association, so he plotted ways to redeem himself.

In a plot to wipe out the Jedi, Nom Anor and the deception sect priest Harrar then schemed to use the priestess Elan in a plot calling for her "defection" to the New Republic. She was wielding deadly spores in her body to infect the Jedi, but the plan to unleash them failed, and Elan was killed by the backfired spores.[14]

Now back to square one, Nom Anor, under the name Pedric Cuf, then forged an alliance with the Hutts, and, knowing that Hutts could not be trusted, he fed them false information that was passed onto New Republic Intelligence. As a result of this, the Yuuzhan Vong then took over Hutt Space.[15]

To atone for his past failures, Nom Anor was sent to capture the planet of Duro. Posing as a Duros scientist named Dassid Cree'Ar, he released naotebe winglings that destroyed New Republic refugee encampments, and the planet was captured by Yuuzhan Vong forces. He had redeemed himself in Warmaster Tsavong Lah's eyes, but unfortunately, the Warmaster did not escalate him, and the intendant then found himself competing with Vergere, Tsavong Lah's alien advisor and pet.[2]

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Nom Anor speaks in the Senate Rotunda.

To further prove himself, Nom Anor infiltrated the Givin species (who suspected his true nature but did nothing about it) and planned to take Yag'Dhul for the Yuuzhan Vong, but was foiled by Corran Horn, Anakin Solo, and Tahiri Veila. During the mission, Corran challenged him to a duel, but Nom Anor backed down. Tahiri then told the warriors what he had done and one of the warriors accepted Corran's challenge, but Anakin took Corran's place. While dueling the warrior Anakin cut a hole in the wall, allowing Corran, Tahiri, and him to escape. In order to prevent himself from disgrace for backing out of a challenge Nom Anor killed all the warriors who accompanied him with a blaster, including Qau Lah, a warrior of Tsavong Lah's domain. [16]

In 27 ABY, Nom Anor went to Coruscant to address the New Republic Senate, in an attempt to persuade it to officially turn over the Jedi to the Yuuzhan Vong. In front of the entire Senate, Chief of State Borsk Fey'lya lashed out at Nom Anor, stating that the Jedi had his full support, denounced him, and had him kicked off Coruscant. Shortly after, Nom Anor and Vergere—who disliked each other greatly—were assigned to capture the Solo twins, because twins were sacred in Yuuzhan Vong society. When the Myrkr strike team invaded the voxyn cloning facility on Myrkr, Jacen Solo was captured by Vergere, but Jaina Solo had escaped.[17] After a long breaking session involving the Embrace of Pain, Jacen pretended to embrace the Yuuzhan Vong way. However, with the help of the traitorous Vergere, he escaped to the Well of the World Brain, and Nom Anor led the forces to recapture him. However, Ganner Rhysode, in an amazing display of the Force and lightsaber combat, slew warrior after warrior. As always, Nom Anor had a contingency plan. He had bribed a shaper to seed a coralcraft in the late Palpatine's holding office. The craft was discovered by Vergere, and Nom Anor was forced to take the Fosh with him, hoping that would stop the New Republic from killing him on the spot, but Vergere had other plans. She threatened Nom Anor with Jacen's lightsaber and used the Force to tie the executor up with cables. As Ganner brought the ceiling down with the Force, Nom Anor, Ganner, and all the other warriors were buried under a pile of rubble, allowing Jacen and Vergere to escape in the coralcraft.[18]

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Yu'shaa looks to the Coruscanti sky.

After Supreme Overlord Shimrra arrived on Yuuzhan'tar, Nom Anor donned an ooglith masquer and infiltrated a Shamed Ones Heresy group. While on his way back to the Damutek of the Intendants, he spotted Onimi, Shimrra's familiar, and followed him to a damutek housing Nen Yim's team, who had been tasked with filling the eight cortex. After learning that the cortex was supposed to have come from the Gods, Anor realized that Shimrra had no connection to the Gods. He quickly decided to put all his efforts into ending the war quickly. When he learned of the Final Redoubt, he brought the information to Shimrra. However, the Battle of Ebaq 9 was in truth a trap, and resulted in Tsavong Lah's death. Knowing that he would be sacrificed, Anor was forced to kill High Prefect Yoog Skell to escape into the Coruscant Underworld.[19]

The ProphetEdit

"Nom Anor is a consummate infidel. He thinks only of his own ambitions."
Harrar[src]

On the run from a wrathful Shimrra, Nom Anor came unto Vuurok I'pan and a group of Shamed Ones lead by Niiriit Esh who worshiped the Jedi. With I'pan's help, Anor went by the alias Ammorn to learn the Jeedai heresy in different underground groups. His group was eventually massacred by Warriors, but Anor was able to escape.[20] With the help of Kunra, a Shamed Warrior, and Shoon-mi Esh, Niirit's brother, he claimed that he was Yu'shaa, meaning "the prophet" in Yuuzhan Vong, and preached salvation by following the Jeedai heresy and the living planet Zonama Sekot to the oppressed Yuuzhan Vong underclass. Always looking out for himself, he planned to use this planned insurrection of Shamed Ones as an excuse to overthrow Shimrra. His fame as Yu'Shaa had reached the ears of the Supreme Overlord and members of his heresy group had even infiltrated Shimrra's court. He even gained a spy in the form of Ngaaluh, a priestess of Yun-Harla, who accused multiple intendants of allowing the heresy to spread.[21] Shimrra's reaction caused a wave of terror that Nom Anor could use to his advantage. However, after an assassination attempt by Shoon-mi, and Shimrra's discovery of Ngaaluh's actions, Anor began to have doubts about his plan.[22]

As Yu'shaa, he then accompanied the Jedi Corran Horn and Tahiri Veila, the Yuuzhan Vong priest Harrar and Master Shaper Nen Yim to Zonama Sekot. While there, he changed his plans and decided to destroy the living planet. He contacted Shimrra and told him his plans in the hope that, if he could achieve his new goal, his previous failures would be forgiven. Pleased with what he heard, Shimrra told Nom Anor to go ahead with destroying the planet. Putting his plans into action, Nom Anor killed the heretic shaper Nen Yim, and pushed Harrar off a cliff. Unfortunately for Nom Anor, his plans failed, but he did manage to do a small amount of damage to Zonama Sekot. He was then forced to flee back to Yuuzhan'tar by Horn, Veila, and other Jedi. When he arrived, he was promoted to the position of Prefect of Yuuzhan'tar.[23]

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Anor at the very end of the war.

Escalation and demiseEdit

After his escalation—a surprising action that infuriated many other intendants—Shimrra began to develop a renewed interest in Nom Anor, something that High Prefect Drathul particularly resented. Drathul learned that the heretics were planning to disrupt a major sacrifice, and ordered Nom Anor to try and stop it. Nom Anor tried to dissuade the heretics from rebelling, but he could not stop them, as Kunra twisted his words. The movement he had helped create had taken a life of its own.[4]

During the Galactic Alliance's assault on Yuuzhan'tar in 29 ABY, Shimrra placed him in charge of warriors tasked to destroy the heretics. Nom Anor once again took up the guise of Yu'Shaa and led the Shamed Ones in battle against the warriors, but only because he believed that Shimrra had gone insane, as well as to save himself from the wrath of Mara Jade Skywalker. After she caught up to him and defeated him, he informed her of a plan to infect Zonama Sekot with Alpha Red and assisted the Jedi and the Solos in locating Shimrra's Citadel, where Luke Skywalker, Jaina Solo and Jacen Solo were located.[4]

After Shimrra and Onimi were defeated, he tried to kill all present by redirecting them into a waste disposal system. Jacen recognized what he was doing, and Nom Anor spat poison at him with the plaeryin bol, which Jacen instantly turned into water with the Force. He then attempted to board the escape pod, but Leia Organa Solo severed his left hand before he could. Stating that he had no place with either the Yuuzhan Vong or the Galactic Alliance, Nom Anor remained onboard Onimi's dying escape vessel above the planet, where he was killed once it had exploded above Coruscant.[24]

Personality and traitsEdit

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Nom Anor

"Your specialty is propaganda and lies."
Tsavong Lah[src]

Nom Anor was ambitious, deceitful, and violent, but these traits were encouraged in Yuuzhan Vong society, and backstabbing was not only acceptable but praised if successful. Nom Anor himself believed that it was acceptable for his subordinates to possess traitorous thoughts but so long as they were loyal in the end.[25]

But even by Yuuzhan Vong standards, Nom Anor was hardly ideal. While he denied being a coward, evidence consistently pointed out that Nom Anor greatly valued his own survival, a deplorable trait among the Yuuzhan Vong. His actions, taken to further his ambitions, were also extreme even by Yuuzhan Vong standards. Nom Anor also consistently blamed others for his failures instead of taking responsibility for them, a very un-Yuuzhan Vong-like trait.

But perhaps the most disturbing thing about Nom Anor—by Yuuzhan Vong standards—was his atheism. While the Yuuzhan Vong had committed atrocities for the glory of their gods, Nom Anor served only himself. He ultimately helped the Galactic Alliance in their struggle with the Yuuzhan Vong by helping to spread the Jeedai heresy and leading the rebellion of the Shamed Ones.[4]

Behind the scenesEdit

Nom Anor first appeared as a shadowy figure of an unknown species in Crimson Empire II: Council of Blood. Author Mike Richardson planned for exposition of his character to lead into a planned Dark Horse Comics invasion storyline. One aspect of the "original" Nom Anor was that he would not have been a humanoid creature. However, when Del Rey took over what would become the New Jedi Order, Nom Anor's backstory was changed to fit in with the new planned invasion arc.[26]

Nom Anor was not originally intended to be in the New Jedi Order. However, when R. A. Salvatore began writing The New Jedi Order: Vector Prime and his draft included a Yuuzhan Vong infiltrator who had long been stirring up trouble in the galaxy, Lucasfilm Ltd. decided to make it Anor.[27]

After his "off-screen" death, many[source?] fans on the OS believed that Anor survived, with rumors that he would make a "sweeping return" in the Dark Nest Trilogy. While this has been proven untrue, many fans still believe that Anor survived and may still return some time in the Legacy era.[source?]

Nom Anor declined Corran Horn's challenge of a duel in The New Jedi Order: Edge of Victory II: Rebirth, but The New Jedi Order: Force Heretic I: Remnant and The New Jedi Order: The Final Prophecy had both Nom Anor and Tahiri Veila remembering Nom Anor declining a challenge from Anakin Solo.

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