- "My present research was to create a copy of my intellect, preserving my knowledge for all time."
- ―Eternal Rur on Rur's research
Rur was a Force-sensitive male human who lived long before the Galactic Civil War. He led the Ordu Aspectu, a splinter group of the Force-using Jedi Order that sought to achieve immortality. After waging war against each other for some time, the Jedi and the Ordu ended up signing a peace treaty.
In an attempt to create a copy of his intellect, Rur embedded his knowledge on a computer, creating a being known as Eternal Rur. When the orthodox Jedi came to the Citadel of Rur to inspect the computer, the AI took control of droids who started slaughtering everyone on sight. Before the computer's rampage was complete, however, Rur powered it down, causing Eternal Rur to lose consciousness.
He died soon afterwards to the rogue droids, still running on their individual batteries.
Leading a heresyEdit
Long before the founding of the Galactic Republic, in a time when the Domancion Accord was still used as a calendar reference point, there existed a male human named Rur. He was keenly attuned to the Force, an energy field created by all living things, which gave him special powers. In adulthood, he was the leader of the Ordu Aspectu, a splinter sect of the Force-wielding, monastic Jedi Order. His second-in-command was Amon. Rur and the members of the Ordu obsessed with the prospect of achieving immortal life, which put them at odds with the orthodox Jedi. The hostility between the two groups escalated, to the point that they ended up waging war against each other in what came to be known as the Entruvia Conflict. Eventually, the fighting ceased, and a peace treaty was signed, which gave the Jedi a right of scrutiny over the Ordu's experiments.
Losing his bodyEdit
At that time, Rur conducted research to create a copy of his intellect, which would allow him to preserve his knowledge for all eternity. The experiment, however, did not go as planned. Instead of simply copying his intellect, Rur actually embedded his very sentience into the Citadel's computer core, leaving behind a body inhabited by what he called an "evil ghost." Upon realizing what had happened, the disembodied Rur did not immediately confront "Fake Rur," knowing that he would only deny the truth. However, when the orthodox Jedi demanded a close inspection of the citadel, Rur decided the time had come to escape. Having taken control of the Ordu's droids, he started killing everyone in the citadel, Jedi and Ordu members alike. Although the Jedi all fell, Amon and the fake Rur survived, and they attempted to deactivate the computer holding Rur's consciousness. In reaction, Rur sent the citadel hurtling across the galaxy to make sure no Jedi reinforcements could ever locate it. Although Amon managed to stop the citadel's power generator, Rur ended up killing him anyway. Finally, the disembodied Rur faced the ghost in his body, who used the Force to dislodge one of the Massassi piece charging the computer. Deprived of power, Rur lost all consciousness, but his droids acted on his final command, slaying all the remaining organics, including Fake Rur.
- "I cannot punish the dead. I will punish the living."
- ―Rur, to the Aphras
Long after the events that came to be know as the Doom of the Ordu Aspectu, Rur was finally awakened by the archaeologist Chelli Aphra and her father, who had managed to locate the Citadel and reactivate the computer using a crystal found on the body of Fake Rur. Upon regaining consciousness, Rur immediately enquired what year it was. When he learned from his visitors that well over a thousand years had passed, Rur was incensed. Because he could not punish the dead for the wrong he felt had been done to him, the former leader of the Ordu Aspectu decided to act out his revenge on the Aphras instead.
Personality and traitsEdit
A tall, light-skinned human, Rur had long white hair that fell over his shoulders. Although he described Amon and Fake Rur as "evil" for wanting to deactivate him, he himself had the intention to build weapons and create an empire, and would not hesistate to vent his anger on innocents.
When he was still in possession of his body, Rur used to wear long, wide-sleeved white robes with a wide sash. He wielded an unorthodox lightsaber with a blue plasma blade and several tributary bladelets.
Behind the scenesEdit
Rur and the Ordu Aspectu were created for Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, a Marvel comic book series penned by Kieron Gillen and illustrated by Kev Walker. They are a reimagining of Rur and the Order of the Terrible Glare, which appeared in Alan Moore's 1982 Legends comic Blind Fury!.
It appears to be left ambiguous if the entity in the citadel's computer core actually is Rur's consciousness, and not just a sentient machine with his memories. His story is told from the point of view of the consciousness locked in the crystal, so it is possible that the "evil ghost" inhabiting his body actually was the real Rur.
- Doctor Aphra 2: Aphra, Part II (First appearance) (Appears in flashback(s))
- Doctor Aphra 5: Aphra, Part V (Appears as a corpse)
- Doctor Aphra 6: Aphra, Part VI (Appears as a corpse)
- The Screaming Citadel, Part I (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars 31: The Screaming Citadel, Part II (Mentioned only)
- Doctor Aphra 7: The Screaming Citadel, Part III (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars 33: Rebels in the Wild (Indirectly mentioned only; in the opening crawl)
- Doctor Aphra Annual 1 (Mentioned only)
- Doctor Aphra 9: The Enormous Profit, Part I (Mentioned only)
- Doctor Aphra 10: The Enormous Profit, Part II (Mentioned only)
- Doctor Aphra 11: The Enormous Profit, Part III (Mentioned only)
- Doctor Aphra 12: The Enormous Profit, Part IV (Mentioned only)
- Doctor Aphra 13: The Enormous Profit, Part V (Indirect mention only)