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- "This one is special, no?"
- ―Krynda Draay
Q'Anilia (pronounced /kani:lja/) was a Female Miraluka Jedi Master. In 3993 BBY she began her training with Krynda Draay, who she remained with for over a decade. It was during this time that she became a Jedi Consular and member of the First WatchCircle within the Jedi Covenant. Q'Anilia was stationed at the Jedi Tower as of 3964 BBY and was one of the five Masters implicated in the Padawan Massacre of Taris. She was a close associate and companion of Jedi Master Lucien Draay, the son of her former Master. Together, they led the pursuit of fugitive Padawan Zayne Carrick.
Early years and Jedi trainingEdit
- "She knew you would ask to see her."
- ―Haazen informs Krynda Draay of Q'Anilia's abilities.
After learning of her at the Culu Memorial Center, she came under the tutelage of Krynda Draay. She joined with three other students at the Draay Estate on Coruscant where, for several years, she built upon her abilities and strengthened her connection to the Force. After passing all of Krynda's trials she was allowed to enter into the Jedi Order as a Jedi Knight and would go on to become a consular along with the three other trainees with her.
Assignment on TarisEdit
Once a Master, Q'Anilia was assigned to the Jedi Tower on Taris with the other members of the First WatchCircle to secretly recover the Muur Talisman. Because of her connection to the Force, she was second in command of the Circle. Q'Anilia and her partners were forced to keep secret their true mission so when the already suspicious Jedi High Council assigned them to train Padawans, the Masters felt they had no choice. They would send their new students on missions that appeared to coincide with their Master's commitment to Taris; although it was only a ploy to get the young ones out of the way.
As they approached the time Shad Jelavan and his friends would graduate, the Masters arranged for their Padawans to have a survival test on the Taris system's Rogue Moon, a place where the Force flowed freely and where the Masters could be alone; a time they needed for meditation on Covenant related issues. They envisioned the destruction of the Jedi Order and the rule of the Sith. Fearing this possibility, the four Masters pointed out that the Sith in their visions wore a similar suit as their Padawans were wearing at the same moment. When Raana Tey demanded the Padawans be executed, Q'Anilia was reluctant, but she admitted that the vision had been as vivid as if she had eyes.
After a final celebration with the Padawans and their families, the Covenant members took their students to the Council chambers and executed them; though Lucien's own Padawan escaped. Blaming Carrick, the Taris Masters quickly began to find the so-called fugitive.
Searching for ZayneEdit
Joining her fellow Masters Feln, Lucien, and Raana in their pursuit for Zayne Carrick and Marn Hierogryph, the team's search led them to a battle with rakghouls in the Undercity. She was present at the attempted arrest of Zayne and Gryph at Junk Junction, following which the two escaped offworld. Bounty hunter Valius Ying eventually captured Zayne and brought him into custody so that Q'Anilia and her partners would finally be able to set things right. Lucien told Zayne the truth in front of the hunter, who he murdered, and Zayne would have been next if not for the surprise rescue from Jarael and the crew of The Last Resort.
Weeks later, after a series of riots breaking out due to the escape of Zayne, the Miraluka and her partners received a message from Carrick, who gave them an ultimatum: confess and clear his name, or die at his hand. With Taris lost, the Jedi High Council recalled the Masters to Coruscant for their failures.
The High Council's decisionEdit
- "The further the Mandalorians stab, the more traction our colleague back there will get. The Jedi could lose what little focus they have."
- ―Q'Anilia worries about Revan's growing popularity
Upon returning to Coruscant, Q'Anilia and the other Masters attempted to meet with Krynda Draay. However, they were denied entrance by the household droid; an event that was upsetting to her. The Circle met with the Jedi Council and pleaded their point that they needed to be leading the search for the renegade Padawan. Master Vrook Lamar denied them and ordered that they be reassigned to separate postings.Despite the fact that the former Taris Masters had been sent elsewhere on separate assignments aiding the war effort, they managed to maintain contact. During the Battle of Serroco, Q'Anilia was in ice caverns on an unknown planet. As the Mandalorians rained nuclear missiles down onto Serroco's surface, Q'Anilia immediately felt the impact of thousands of deaths and concluded their vision was coming true. Later, both she and Lucien sensed Raana Tey's death through the force but Q'Anilia was more concerned that Zayne knew about the Covenant's founder and leader as well as her former Master Krynda.
Q'Anilia attended a memorial to Raana Tey but it was interrupted by a vision of the Muur Talisman. She saw rakghouls who strangely had a mind of their own. She then wondered if it was to happen now or in the future. Then Zayne came in, saying everything was happening "now", as well said by three others, by Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and Cade Skywalker. Lucien managed to snap her out of her vision. They then discussed the Talisman, fearing it may come into the hands of Zayne and corrupt him.
- "I'm so sorry. My lady, I'm so…"
- ―Q'Anilia's last words
Feeling Feln's death, Q'Anilia pleaded Lucien to allow her to see Krynda but he said there would be time later. He had assigned Xamar to the Orbital defense fleet to ensure that Zayne does not reach Coruscant, though Q'Anilia feared the third part of their prophecy in which Xamar would be killed by friendly fire. Though against all odds, Xamar successfully captured Zayne, who seemed to be possessed by the Muur Talisman and Gryph and brought them to the Draay Estate. Upon seeing the fugitives, Q'Anilia felt so certain that they were right in their actions.
Unknown to all others, Xamar had really confessed to the Council, having learned that Krynda did not authorize the Padawans' murders and was intent on bringing her to safety as a contingent of Jedi stormed the Estate. Haazen, revealing himself as a servant of the Sith, gave the command word "Vindication," which allowed him to hack into the ships under Admiral Saul Karath's command and had them fire on the Draay Estate, thus killing Xamar and other Jedi.
Frantic, Q'Anilia went upstairs to find Krynda, killing guards and 9BD to get to her. She found Krynda in a crystal casket, which was actually a prototype oubliette. Because the oubliette shielded Krynda from the Living Force, Q'Anilia didn't feel anything from her. She drank a cup of poison so she could join Krynda in the Force just before Gryph discovered her. She then noted that the Rogue Moon Prophecy was fulfilled, seeing as Zayne had killed them all; Gryph admitted that he may have been the Sith in their vision, as he tried to sleep in a red spacesuit on The Last Resort, killed Raana and indirectly been responsible for Feln and Xamar's deaths. Q'Anilia then retorted that Zayne's prophecy failed, as Xamar, who had confessed, had died, but Gryph had a counter to that as well: that prophecy was his. It was a lie to buy time for Zayne and allow him to clear their names and that Zayne never had any intention of hunting the Masters. When Q'Anilia said that Zayne swore to destroy them, Gryph said that they must never have known him if they fell for that lie. Finally learning the truth, Q'Anilia cried in Krynda's bed, full of sorrow and regret, and died. Her body was presumably vaporized when Lucien redirected fire to the Draay Estate to kill Haazen.
Personality and traitsEdit
- "NOOOO!!!! It's what we've been watching for! The Sith! The Sith are returning!"
Q'Anilia displayed great emotional sensitivity and was openly sorrowful about the Jedi Masters' perceived duty to slay their Padawans. Her sorrow stemmed from the fact that she cared for her beloved Padawan Shad Jelavan, but even with that she had the dedication to do what she felt was right for the Covenant's mission. Like the rest of her Watchcircle, Q'Anilia was obsessed with prophecies. Her obsession with prophecies was such that she was willing to believe anything that was claimed to be a prophecy, such as when she truly believed Zayne Carrick's "vision" of hunting down her Watchcircle until one of them confessed. However, Marn Hierogryph pointed out that she never really knew Zayne if she fell for Zayne's "prophecy" so easily even though she and the rest of her Watchcircle trained him throughout his life on Taris. As pointed out by Marn Hierogryph, she was even willing to forcefully make a prophecy come true, such as when she committed suicide just to fulfill the Rogue Moon Prophecy. Also, like the rest of her Watchcircle, Q'Anilia hated the Sith with a passion and was fanatically loyal to her former Master, Krynda Draay. Her fanatic loyalty was such that she killed herself so that she could join her Master in the Force. In the end, Q'Anilia died while consumed with the sorrow and regret of butchering her Padawan for nothing, realizing too late that the future was not set in stone.
Powers and abilitiesEdit
One of the greatest seers of the Covenant, Q'Anilia was greatly respected by Lucien for her ability. Given that she was a Miraluka, Lucien found it awkward when he had to remind her of the nature of the Unifying Force. She was also highly Force-sensitive and was able to detect changes in the Force before the other Masters on Taris. She was the Master who initially sensed the potential for darkness in one of their Padawans, nearly collapsing after Alek Squinquargesimus advised Zayne Carrick that "sometimes you have to enter the darkness to save the light". There is some evidence that she was able to sense shatterpoints in a way similar to that of Mace Windu. However, her abilities were not infallible; she mistakenly led the Tarisian Jedi Masters to the Undercity during their search for Carrick, where they had to battle rakghouls. She also proved unable to sense the mind of Carrick's ally Marn "Gryph" Hierogryph. Yet she felt sure that Gryph would ultimately betray Carrick to their pursuers. Although her talents primarily lay with the Force, Q'Anilia proved to be a competent lightsaber duelist since she was able to cut down multiple rakghouls and slavers alongside her Watchcircle in the Undercity of Taris. However, Q'Anilia, like the rest of her Watchcircle, could not best Lucien Draay in a sparring match.
Behind the scenesEdit
Even though the comics, predictably, never specify whether the first letter "A" in the name is capitalized, John Jackson Miller writes it as uppercase, except the production notes for issue 15, where it's spelled "Q'anilia." The uppercase A was confirmed by the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Handbook.
Although some Miraluka do not have eyes (with Q'Anilia explicitly mentioning that she does not have eyes in issue 5), she drops a tear in issue #1.
- Knights of the Old Republic 0: Crossroads
- Knights of the Old Republic 1: Commencement, Part 1 (First appearance)
- Knights of the Old Republic 2: Commencement, Part 2
- Knights of the Old Republic 3: Commencement, Part 3
- Knights of the Old Republic 4: Commencement, Part 4 (Appears in flashback(s))
- Knights of the Old Republic 5: Commencement, Part 5 (Appears in hologram)
- Knights of the Old Republic 6: Commencement, Part 6
- Knights of the Old Republic 7: Flashpoint, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
- Knights of the Old Republic 9: Flashpoint Interlude: Homecoming
- Knights of the Old Republic 12: Reunion, Part 2 (Mentioned only)
- Knights of the Old Republic 15: Days of Fear, Part 3
- Knights of the Old Republic 19: Daze of Hate, Part 1 (Indirect mention only)
- Knights of the Old Republic 20: Daze of Hate, Part 2 (Mentioned only)
- Knights of the Old Republic 23: Knights of Suffering, Part 2 (Mentioned only)
- Knights of the Old Republic 24: Knights of Suffering, Part 3
- Knights of the Old Republic 25: Vector, Part 1
- Knights of the Old Republic 30: Exalted, Part 2
- Knights of the Old Republic 32: Vindication, Part 1
- Knights of the Old Republic 34: Vindication, Part 3
- Star Wars: The Old Republic (Mentioned only)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Knights of the Old Republic 9: Flashpoint Interlude: Homecoming
- ↑ Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
- ↑ Knights of the Old Republic 5: Commencement, Part 5
- ↑ Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 34: Vindication, Part 3
- ↑ John Jackson Miller's website.
- ↑ KNIGHTS of the OLD REPUBLIC #5 -- All this over a dream!?, URL accessed on April 15, 2007.
- ↑ Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #15, John Jackson Miller's weblog, URL accessed on October 8, 2008.