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- "He's like two people living inside the same body—part of him good and well-intentioned; the other part an evil and dangerous genius inventor."
Triclops was a Human mutant slave who was allegedly the son of Emperor Palpatine. It is possible that this relation may not have been in a strict biological sense, and that Triclops was the implementation of Darth Plagueis's experiments in the influence the midi-chlorians with the goal of creating a zygote solely through the use of the Force in a fertile humanoid female. In any case, though, Triclops was the natural son of Niobi.
Triclops was a white-haired mutant with three eyes, one being on the back of his head, and sported scars on his temples from electroshocks administered by the Galactic Empire. He was trained to be an Emperor's Eye but Palpatine considered him a failure, and had him imprisoned. He languished for years in an Imperial prison on Kessel, fathering a son, Ken, with a former Jedi named Kendalina.
- "Triclops is the deepest, darkest secret of the Empire. The only Imperials who know of his existence are the most powerful members of the Imperial ruling class, such as the Grand Moffs."
During the Republic, Chancellor Palpatine engaged the services of the scientists Mammon Hoole and Borborygmus Gog in secret experiments involving the spontaneous generation of life. Their first attempt was rumored to have had less than ideal results—Niobi, the female subject obtained by Sly Moore, gave birth to a three-eyed mutant, Triclops. Mother and son were quickly spirited away by Sarcev Quest.
According to the false Supreme Prophet Kadann, Palpatine had also sensed that Triclops could grow more powerful than him in the Force and, rather than killing him, made his own son a common slave in the spice mines of Kessel.
- "The Grand Moffs refuse to admit officially that Triclops exists. They believe he's insane, and they’re terrified that if he's ever set free, he might take over as ruler of the Empire, and destroy everything in the galaxy, including them!"
While imprisoned on Kessel, in 7 BBY Triclops produced an offspring named Ken with a nurse and "Jedi Princess" named Kendalina. Ken was taken to the Lost City of the Jedi, where he was to remain for twelve years, while Triclops remained in the Empire's firm grip.
When Palpatine died, rumors began to abound that Palpatine had a three-eyed son. Grand Moff Bertroff Hissa took advantage of this, setting up another three-eyed man named Trioculus as Palpatine's son—the Empire considered Triclops to be both insane and dangerous, due in part to his pacifistic views and calls for disarmament.
Triclops was later moved to an asylum on Duro. Ken, meanwhile, had been discovered by Luke Skywalker and was now aligned with the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Triclops finally managed to escape and joined the Alliance with the aid of his son and Skywalker, but was held under close supervision by Mon Mothma for fear that he was an Imperial spy.
It was around this time that the Empire's reasons for keeping Triclops alive became clear: while asleep, he would dream designs for deadly new machines of war, which the Empire would later produce. During these dreams he would often enter convulsive fits, and even the mighty Chewbacca could be hard-pressed to restrain him. He would not, however, recall the dreams after awakening, never realizing that he was aiding the Empire he despised.
On Yavin 4, Triclops, after writing an impassioned letter to Ken, escaped into the jungles of the moon. Several months later he became the slave of the false Kadann and helped him escape the Lost City of the Jedi and make his way offworld.
Behind the scenesEdit
- The Glove of Darth Vader (First mentioned)
- The Lost City of the Jedi (Mentioned only)
- Zorba the Hutt's Revenge (Mentioned only)
- Mission from Mount Yoda (First appearance)
- Queen of the Empire
- Prophets of the Dark Side
- Star Wars Tales 14 intro (Non-canonical appearance)
- The Essential Guide to Characters
- Star Wars: Behind the Magic
- "Who's Who: Imperial Grand Admirals"—Star Wars Insider 66
- Aliens in the Empire
- Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side (Indirect mention only)
- The Essential Reader's Companion
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ According to Aliens in the Empire, Triclops was born while Palpatine was Chancellor and, based on his age in The Lost City of the Jedi it was most likely in his first term rather than towards the Clone Wars.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Essential Guide to Characters
- ↑ Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Aliens in the Empire
- ↑ Aliens of the Empire (Part 2 now up) on the Jedi Council Forums (Literature board; posted by Halagad_Ventor on November 15, 2007, 2:19 AM; accessed March 8, 2012)
- ↑ Aliens of the Empire (Part 2 now up) on the Jedi Council Forums (Literature board; posted by Halagad_Ventor on November 18, 2007, 6:51 PM; accessed March 8, 2012)
- ↑ "Who's Who: Imperial Grand Admirals"—Star Wars Insider 66