- "It's my job to know everything, Phasma. But don't fret, my dear Captain. It's also my job to keep secrets."
Terex was a human male who served as a stormtrooper designated TK-603 in the Galactic Empire, and as an agent in the First Order Security Bureau approximately thirty years after the Battle of Endor. He fought against the Resistance during the First Order–Resistance conflict.
- "Have I ever mentioned, trooper, that I used to be one of you?"
"Yes, sir. Many times."
"It was a long time ago, but things haven't changed that much. I still remember what it's like inside that helmet. Ambition is forbidden. Conformity is everything. That's the job."
- ―Agent Terex and a First Order stormtrooper
During the Galactic Civil War, Terex, designated TK-603, was a stormtrooper of the Galactic Empire. He learned that ambition was forbidden, and that conformity was everything. TK-603 fought in the Battle of Jakku.
Terex escaped Jakku with his former squadmate, Corlac. The two later traveled to Kaddak and formed a partnership with two space pirates named Wenda and Bett. The four hatched a plan to commandeer an Imperial defense base at Rothana by using Terex's knowledge of the base to bypass its security. They would then use the base's resources to build a new Imperial fleet.
However, Corlac, Wenda, and Bett had no intention of reviving the old Empire. Their true plan was to use the fleet to start a criminal empire and kill Terex should he refuse to join them. Terex learned of this betrayal and assassinated his associates. At that moment, Terex accepted that the Empire was gone forever and took control of Wenda and Bett's forces. Realizing that the Empire being gone, and thus the apparent end to law and order, meant he now can do anything he ever wanted, he then embraced a life as a crime lord. Now calling himself "Lord Terex", Terex built a successful criminal empire, with Kaddak as his main base of operations. During this time, he had amicable dealings with Grakkus the Hutt.
After years of controlling his empire, Terex received a set of armor that resembled Imperial stormtrooper armor, but was modern in design. The pirates who gave Terex the armor informed him that it was stolen from a cargo shipment addressed to the First Order. Terex took an interest in the organization.
First Order-Resistance conflictEdit
Battle of the CrècheEdit
- "Obstacles are for little people."
After the events of Operation: Sabre Strike, Terex was sent by Captain Phasma to capture Poe Dameron on the planet Ovanis. Terex was aboard Tarkin's former ship Carrion Spike and was being serviced by several alien slaves when Phasma contacted him. Phasma briefed Terex about Poe Dameron and his role in stealing information that Senator Erudo Ro-Kiintor was passing to the First Order. Due to the urgency of the information, Phasma assigned him considerable resources to complete the mission and told him that the true offensive would begin soon.
When Terex asked if Starkiller Base was ready, Phasma expressed her unhappiness that he had been prying into the First Order's secrets. After Terex reassured her that it was his job to keep secrets, Phasma reiterated that Poe had to be found because they needed the information he had stolen. Terex expressed annoyance at Phasma's command not to fail and remarked that he had been doing this work since before she had been born. Phasma replied that every officer in the First Order knew exactly about his shady past and warned him not to fail his mission. Terex traveled to Ovanis with a First Order platform, several TIE/fo space superiority fighters, Atmospheric Assault Landers, and stormtroopers.
Following the tracker planted on Dameron's starfighter, Terex entered the planet's underground tunnels on a speeder bike, flanked by a squad of stormtroopers, who were equipped with jetpacks. Encountering a pair of large, sealed doors, Terex had his squad destroy the barricade, voicing the belief that obstacles were for little people, and he entered the central Cave of the Crèche. Upon entering, Terex was confronted by the Crèche cultists and their leader, an elderly woman, who ordered them to leave.
Terex managed to force his way into the Cave with his stormtroopers. When the Crèche elder told him that her people were guarding a giant blue egg, Terex responded that he was searching for Poe Dameron. Though the woman feigned ignorance, one of Terex's stormtroopers managed to track down Poe tracker. Terex denounced the Crèche as liars and threatened to torch their egg if they did not surrender Poe. Unwilling to see the Crèche people suffer, Dameron gave himself up. The Resistance pilot then offered to negotiate with Terex and told him that he had "all the leverage here." Meanwhile, Terex's forces were attacked by Dameron's Black Squadron comrades.
Unperturbed, Terex ordered his flametroopers to torch the egg and revealed that he had brought reinforcements including the Maxima-A class heavy cruiser Ravenous and more TIE fighters. Holding the upper hand, Terex demanded that Poe turn over the data that he had stolen. As Terex continued talking, the Crèche egg hatched, giving birth to an enormous blue winged creature which attacked all the other life forms present. Poe seized the opportunity to attack Terex with a sucker punch. Terex regained the upper hand but this distraction enable Poe's droid BB-8 to steal his blaster. While Terex's stormtroopers fought the creature, Poe demanded that Terex call off his fighters and troops.
Terex responded that his troopers were defending them against the Crèche creature. When a black winged creature appeared and began to do battle with the first, Terex attacked Poe. During the fight, Terex demanded to know why Poe was fighting to protect others and concluded that the Crèche knew something that was of interest to both him and Poe. Terex attempted to shoot Poe dead but BB-8 electrocuted him with his electro-prod. His troops defeated, Terex found himself at the mercy of Black Squadron and the Crèche cultists. However, Poe did not want to trigger a war between the First Order and the New Republic and decided to release Terex and his men once they had already left the planet. The Crèche departed on the back of the black, winged creature, which they regarded as their savior. Poe then radioed for the Ravenous to pick up Terex and his surviving troops.
- "You all know what I can do, too. Not such a bad thing to have Agent Terex in your debt. So, my friends. What do you say?"
- ―Agent Terex hiring the services of gangsters
After the First Order learned that Poe and his Black Squadron comrades were traveling to the prison world of Megalox Beta to question Grakkus the Hutt about the explorer Lor San Tekka's whereabouts, Terex bribed his way inside Grakkus' fortress within the prison compound. Megalox Beta was a high gravity world and the prison was protected by a gravity field. He also bribed the prison warden Luta and her guards into letting Black Squadron into the prison but abandoning them to the prisoners. Despite his efforts, Poe and Black Squadron managed to fight their way into Grakkus' fortress.
Since Terex and Grakkus knew each other, he was able to make a deal with the imprisoned Hutt for information regarding Lor San Tekka's location, which Grakkus claimed to know. However, when Dameron arrived, Grakkus changed the terms of the deal, declaring that he would only give the information to one of them—whoever successfully managed to break him out of prison. Terex protested but Grakkus retorted that he had made lots of deals and that he was solely concerned with escaping Megalox. Before leaving, Terex told Poe "may the worse man win." After leaving Grakkus' palace, Terex taunted Poe's fellow pilots and vowed to return.
Terex then met with three other crime bosses Papa Toren, Kan Be, and Isin. When Terex identified himself as a First Order intelligence agent, Kan Be mocked him and likened his uniform to a "hat on an aiwha." When Terex alluded to his past as a stormtrooper, Papa Toren's elf told the First Order agent that his master was only interested in knowing what he wanted. Terex explained that he had come to recruit their help in overcoming Grakkus' posse, knowing that the crime bosses hated Grakkus and that their gangs together outnumbered Grakkus' forces.
Terex explained that Grakkus had broken a deal with him. He tasked the crime bosses with killing Grakkus' guards, Dameron, and his Back Squadron. Terex also planned to interrogate Grakkus and kill him. In return for their help, Terex promised to get them out aboard his ship, the Carrion Spike. The three gangsters accepted Terex's deal and assembled their gangs for an assault on Grakkus' fortress. Terex then stood by Kan Be, Isin, and Torn as their gangs stormed fortress. However, Poe and Black Squadron helped the Hutts to fight off the assault.
Terex's plan encountered another obstacle when Black Squadron's astromech droids disabled Megalox's gravity field. Terex and his allies were then stuck on the ground by the planet's high gravity. Poe and his Black Squadron were unaffected because they wore gravity belts and were able to rescue Grakkus. While Black Squadron and Grakkus escaped the prison, Terex then summoned the Carrion Spike. One of his droids evacuated him aboard the ship's gangplank. When Terex's former allies demanded their ride, Terex responded that they had failed in their mission and left them to die.
Furious that he had been outsmarted by Poe a second time, Terex commanded the crew of the Carrion Spike to attack the space station above Megalox Beta, disabling the prison's gravity field. He then proceeded to attack the station's escape pods and shuttles to hamper their evacuation efforts. When Poe and his Black Squadron approached the Carrion Spike with their starfighters, Terex ordered his crew to fight the Resistance starfighters. After the ship began to sustain heavy damage, Terex consented to his crews' advice to cloak his ship and retreat. For his failure to transmit Grakkus' information, he was ordered by Phasma to return to First Order space. Despite her warning, Terex chose to ignore her.
Return to KaddakEdit
After his crew repaired the Carrion Spike, Terex retired to his quarters. He then refused to send his after-action report to Phasma and then disable the Carrion Spike's communications, engines and weapons systems. He then donned his Ranc Gang armor and returned to Kaddak. There, he walked to the Sliver , where a pickpocket tried to steal his blaster. At first, he was going to shoot the boy, but Terex let him go and gave him a credit. He then walked into the Silver, where a table was waiting for him. He then spoke to the Wisper. Terex told them that he was taking back control of the gang from Wisper. Terex then tossed Wisper aside and convinced the gang to follow him after Wisper was killed.
Terex and his gang then went to the Carrion Spike. There, he revealed his plans to the crew on capturing the Resistance. Terex then gathered up all of the gang's fighters to pursue Dameron. As Terex assembled the gang's forces to pursue Dameron, he was then contacted by Phasma. Terex then told Phasma his plan to kill Dameron with the Rancs instead relying the First Order's military forces. Despite Phasma's objections to his plans, Terex decided to carry them out and cut communications with her. Terex and his fleet then caught up with Dameron and decided to kill him.
After Terex's forces forced Dameron, C-3PO, and BB-8 to crash-land on a desert planet, Terex then led his ground forces to capture him. Terex then took a shot at BB-8 as payback for his part in Ovanis. He then captured C-3PO. However, C-3PO then spoke to the Fjor-bats and they attacked Terex and his men. Terex then cut off one C-3PO's legs and extracted information from him. He then called to Dameron as his men spread themselves out to find him. Terex then shot and destroyed N1-ZX. He was then subdued by Dameron and then tossed a knife at him. Terex then held him with a sword at his throat. Terex was then subdued by BB-8. Dameron gave him over to Commander Malarus after Dameron spoke with him about their fight.
Terex was then taken aboard a Resurgent-class Battlecruiser where he was imprisoned. There, he demanded to speak with Phasma about ending the Resistance. Phasma came in to his cell to talk to him about the information he retrieved from C-3PO. There, she told Terex that it was useless due to BB-8's attack on him. Terex then tried to convince Phasma that he was valuable since he was one of the First Order's valuable agents. Phasma told him he was but not anymore since he disobeyed the Supreme Leader's orders. Terex then tried to convince her that he was still loyal to the First Order, but she left him to think of a way to change her mind.
Terex told Phasma of his attempt to bring the Empire back following it's defeat at Jakku and how it failed. He then gave his position as a king in the underworld to join the First Order to bring order and control back to the galaxy. This convinced Phasma to not send Terex to the mines. Terex was then taken by two troopers where he was given a cyborg construct to ensure his loyalty.
Personality and traitsEdit
- "The First Order is not the Empire. We are purer. We have been through the crucible and emerged stronger."
"I agree, Phasma. The First Order is not the Empire. But perhaps, one day, if we all work very hard and do our very, very best... it could be."
- ―Phasma and Terex discuss their differences about indulging in luxuries
Like many Imperial and First Order officers, Terex was extremely arrogant, maintaining a twisted sense of decorum at all times. He was often sarcastic and humorous, outwardly appearing genial and reasonable, but failing to mask the callous ruthlessness that let him brutalize the Crèche people with ease. He also showed very little respect for the lives of others, maintaining a group of slaves on the Carrion Spike and failing to understand Dameron caring about the Crèche. An avid believer in Palpatine's Empire, Terex hoped the First Order could grow to become as the Empire was at the height of its power. He spoke of his time in the Stormtrooper Corps many times to his troopers, and as an older man he rejected ideas of conformity and curbing ambition, seeing the individuals behind the armor as people whom he hoped to teach. Terex enjoyed hunting.
Terex was willing to use any means to get results. He hired several criminals to attack Grakkus' fortress on Megalox Beta. Grakkus hoped to extract information about the explorer Lor San Tekka from the Hutt and then kill him after he had outlived his usefulness. Terex was a good negotiator and offered Grakkus' rivals Papa Toren, Kan Be, and Isen the opportunity to escape the prison world if they helped him to attack Grakkus' fortress. Terex could also be vindictive and abandoned the three crime lords after they failed to kill Grakkus and Black Squadron. When Poe and Black Squadron beat him to Grakkus, Terex attacked the Megalox Beta space station in retaliation and tried to destroy Grakkus' shuttle. Still, Terex was pragmatic enough to recognize defeat and was willing to retreat in order to fight another day.
Terex also had a tense relationship with his superior, the First Order Captain Phasma. Terex's indulgence in alien slaves, Wookiee–brewed brandy, and Kessel spice earned the ire of the more dutiful Captain Phasma. Terex believed that he had a right to indulge in these luxuries in return for his services to the Empire. Terex also displayed his disdain towards Captain Phasma when he disobeyed her orders to report back to First Order Space for a debriefing following his failed attempt to acquire information about Lor San Tekka from Grakkus.
Skills and abilitiesEdit
- "My, my, look at all these guns. Glad I brought some, too."
As a First Order agent, Terex was a skilled tactician and a master of intelligence regarding various top secret matters in the galaxy, including the details of Starkiller Base, something Phasma suggested he should not have known about. He was also acutely aware of Poe Dameron and his history. Physically, he was a competent yet dirty fighter, holding his own against Poe on more than one occasion. However, Poe on one occasion outsmarted him by giving Terex a sucker punch. While Terex was distracted, BB-8 stole his blaster.
- Poe Dameron 2: Black Squadron, Part II (First appearance)
- Poe Dameron 3: Black Squadron, Part III
- Poe Dameron 4: Lockdown, Part I
- Poe Dameron 5: Lockdown, Part II
- Poe Dameron 6: Lockdown, Part III
- Poe Dameron 7: The Gathering Storm (Mentioned only)
- Poe Dameron 8: The Gathering Storm, Part I (First identified as TK-603)
- Poe Dameron 9: The Gathering Storm, Part II
- Poe Dameron 10: The Gathering Storm, Part III
- Poe Dameron 11: The Gathering Storm, Part IV
- Poe Dameron 12: The Gathering Storm, Part V
- Poe Dameron 13: The Gathering Storm, Part VI
- Poe Dameron 14: Legend Lost, Part I
- Poe Dameron 15: Legend Lost, Part II
- Poe Dameron 16: Legend Lost, Part III
- Poe Dameron Annual 1 (Mentioned only)
- Poe Dameron 17: War Stories, Part I
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 Poe Dameron 2: Black Squadron, Part II
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Poe Dameron 14: Legend Lost, Part I
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Poe Dameron 8: The Gathering Storm, Part I
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Poe Dameron 9: The Gathering Storm, Part II
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Poe Dameron 3: Black Squadron, Part III
- ↑ Poe Dameron 15: Legend Lost, Part II
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Poe Dameron 5: Lockdown, Part II
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Poe Dameron 1: Black Squadron, Part I
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Poe Dameron 6: Lockdown, Part III
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Poe Dameron 4: Lockdown, Part I
- ↑ Poe Dameron 10: The Gathering Storm, Part III
- ↑ Poe Dameron 11: The Gathering Storm, Part IV
- ↑ Poe Dameron 12: The Gathering Storm, Part V
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Poe Dameron 13: The Gathering Storm, Part VI
- ↑ Poe Dameron 15: Legend Lost, Part II