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"Dun'La is our best healer. He'll stay with the Admiral while Drok and I join your fighters."
―Te Corso, to Captain Jhoram Bey[src]

Sayar Dun'La was a male Bothan Jedi healer present at the Jedi Order's Hidden Temple when it was visited by the bounty hunter Cade Skywalker in 137 ABY during the Second Imperial Civil War. Skywalker sought to gain the Jedi Council's assistance in assassinating the Emperor and Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Krayt. The Council refused, however, choosing to pursue a potential alliance with the remnants of the Galactic Alliance and the forces of deposed Emperor Roan Fel. Dun'La, along with three other Jedi, was sent to meet with the leader of the Galactic Alliance Remnant, Admiral Gar Stazi. Yet during their discussions, a crewmember of Stazi's flagship, the Alliance, shot the Admiral, and the Alliance Fleet was attacked by Sith Imperial forces.

Rushing to aid Stazi, Dun'La took the Admiral to the ship's sick bay, where he treated him for his injuries while the Imperial fleet continued to pursue the Alliance forces through hyperspace. When Stazi woke, he refused to go into a bacta tank until he had spoken to his second-in-command, Captain Jhoram Bey. After Dun'La patched Stazi through to the bridge, the Admiral was able to provide Bey with the tactic needed to overcome the Sith Imperial fleet. Following the battle, Dun'La and the other Jedi were able to form a tentative pact with the Galactic Alliance Remnant.

In 138 ABY, Lord Krayt launched an attack on the Hidden Temple, and Dun'La was among the Jedi who fought the Sith Imperial ground forces. The Jedi planned to evacuate the planet, and Jedi Master T'ra Saa was gathering the energy of the planet to create a beam of light that could allow the evacuation ships to escape the enemy fleet. While defending Master Saa in the Jedi Council chambers, Dun'La was struck down by one of Darth Krayt's Sith troopers.

BiographyEdit

Forming an allianceEdit

"Alive, but his life force flickers. We must get him to the sickbay immediately."
―Sayar Dun'La, after examining Admiral Gar Stazi[src]

A male Bothan Jedi healer,[3] Sayar Dun'La was a Jedi Master[1] in the New Jedi Order during the Second Imperial Civil War in 137 ABY.[3] Dun'La was stationed at the Hidden Temple—where the Jedi had fled after the One Sith massacred members of the Order on Ossus seven years prior—around the time that the bounty hunter Cade Skywalker, descendant of Jedi Grand Master Luke Skywalker, came to the Temple in order to request the Jedi's aid in assassinating the Emperor and Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Krayt. Dun'La was present for Skywalker's arrival, as well as the arrival of a ship carrying Princess Marasiah Fel of the Empire-in-exile and a group of Imperial Knights. Skywalker and the Imperial Knights confronted each other and almost came to blows when Jedi Master Wolf Sazen, along with Dun'La and the Nikto Jedi Drok, intervened.[4] The Jedi Council refused Skywalker's request and chose instead to pursue a potential alliance with the remnants of the Galactic Alliance and the forces of deposed Emperor Roan Fel.[2]

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Dun'La in the Alliance medical bay

After Skywalker apparently succeeded in his mission to kill Krayt, Dun'la, along with fellow Jedi Asaak Dan, Drok, and Te Corso, was sent by the Council to discuss the possibility of joining the Alliance and Empire-in-exile in the fight against the Sith. Traveling to the flagship of the Alliance Fleet, the Alliance, aboard their X-83 TwinTail starfighters, Dun'La and his fellow Jedi were greeted by the commander of the Alliance Remnant, Admiral Gar Stazi. Their conversation was interrupted, however, by Imperial Knight Sigel Dare—representing the Empire-in-exile—who wished to use one of the Alliance's shuttles to travel to the planet Dac to retrieve her former Master, Treis Sinde. Intrigued by Sinde's history, Asaak Dan offered to accompany Dare on her mission; and, after Stazi convinced the Imperial Knight to allow the Jedi to join her, the two left for Dac while Dun'La and the remaining Jedi were taken to discuss the Council's offer with the Admiral in private.[3]

While Stazi and his second-in-command, Captain Jhoram Bey, discussed the Jedi's presence on the bridge of the Alliance, Te Corso sensed a disturbance in the Force just before the Alliance fleet was attacked by the Sith Imperial First Coruscant Task Force. Just as Stazi began ordering his fleet into action, however, he was shot by one of the ship's crew, the Mon Calamari Tealart, who was quickly disarmed by Drok. Rushing to the Admiral's side, Dun'La felt Stazi's life force flickering and quickly lifted his body with the Force to carry the Admiral to the sick bay. There, the Bothan was able to stabilize Stazi's condition, though his wound was serious.[3]

While the Alliance Fleet fled from the Imperials through hyperspace, Dun'La and the ship's medic continued to treat Stazi. The Imperial fleet followed the Galactic Alliance, managing to track their coordinates and attack the Alliance shortly after the fleet left hyperspace. When the Admiral awoke, he refused to go into a bacta tank until he had spoken to Bey, so Dun'La patched him through to the bridge. Stazi told Bey to use their fleet's frequency vibrations to his advantage. With this knowledge, Bey was able to understand how the Imperials had managed to follow them through hyperspace by using the frequency vibrations from the Alliance's comm array like a beacon. Bey managed to outmaneuver the Sith Imperial commander by having only the Alliance waiting for the Imperial fleet when it left hyperspace for another attack, before the rest of the Galactic Alliance Fleet jumped into the area from behind to trap them.[3]

Following the Alliance victory over the First Coruscant Task Force, Dun'La and the other Jedi were able to form a tentative pact with Stazi's command, and the Jedi Council agreed to meet with Emperor-in-exile Roan Fel on the planet Agamar to further discuss working together in the war.[5]

DeathEdit

"Masters Dun'La, Te Corso, Drok—stick with Cade and me. Cover Master Saa until she's ready."
―Bantha Rawk giving orders during the battle[src]
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Sayar Dun'La is slain defending the Hidden Temple.

In 138 ABY, following the return of Lord Krayt,[6] the Dark Lord of the Sith launched an attack on the Hidden Temple,[7] having learned its location from a captured Imperial Knight.[8] The Jedi were joined by members of the Alliance Remnant and Empire-in-exile in defending Taivas, and Dun'La was among the Jedi who battled the Sith Imperial ground forces. With the aid of Lord Krayt's Sith troopers, the Sith gained the upper hand in the battle. The Jedi had a plan, however; the Neti Jedi Master T'ra Saa was gathering the energy of the planet to create a beam of light that could allow the evacuation ships to escape the Sith Imperial fleet.[1]

In the Jedi Council chambers, Dun'La—along with Cade Skywalker, Rawk, Drok, and Te Corso—battled the Sith troopers in order to protect Saa. Just as Master Saa gave the signal for the evacuation ships to take off, Dun'La was struck down by one of the Sith troopers. A damaged Annihilator-class starfighter set a collision course on the remains of the temple, and as it collided, Rawk helped Master Saa unleash the energy she had gathered. The beam of light annihilated any ships in its path, leaving an opening in the Sith Imperial fleet through which the Jedi and their allies were able to escape.[1]

Personality and traitsEdit

A respected Jedi healer, Sayar Dun'La was trusted by the Jedi Council with being one of the four Jedi sent to discuss the possibility of joining the Galactic Alliance Remnant and Empire-in-exile in the fight against the Sith.[3]

Powers and abilitiesEdit

"Dun'La to bridge. The Admiral is stabilized but the wound is very bad."
―Sayar Dun'La[src]

Sayar Dun'La was regarded as one of the Jedi Order's best Jedi healers. When Admiral Gar Stazi was shot on the bridge of the Alliance, Dun'La's fellow Jedi had complete faith in his abilities to look after the Admiral, and Dun'La was able to stabilize Stazi's condition. Aside from his healing abilities, Dun'La was also skilled with telekinesis, able to lift Stazi's body and carry him to the sickbay.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

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Sayar Dun'la sketch by Chris Scalf

Sayar Dun'La first appeared as an unnamed character in the twenty-fifth issue of Star Wars: Legacy, The Hidden Temple, Part 1, released on June 18, 2008. He then appeared on the cover of the twenty-sixth issue, The Hidden Temple, Part 2, released on July 23, 2008, with the cover art drawn by Omar Francia. Due to a surplus of characters in the story, Dun'La and the other three Jedi from the cover of Legacy 26 were not used in the actual comic itself. Originally, they were to accompany Cade Skywalker against the wishes of the Jedi Council in his hunt for Darth Krayt.[9] Dun'La later appeared in the forty-second issue of the comic series, Legacy 42: Divided Loyalties, in which he was first identified. The issue was released on November 25, 2009 and was written by John Ostrander and penciled by Dave Ross. Dun'La returned in the fourth issue of the sequel to Legacy series, Star Wars: Legacy—War.

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