- «You will never leave here. Nar Shaddaa shall be your grave.»
- ―The Gran threatens Kyle Katarn[src]
A Gran male operated out of the moon Nar Shaddaa in the period following the Battle of Endor, working as a bounty hunter and a bodyguard. At some point, he had a run-in with Rebel Alliance agent Kyle Katarn, in which the Gran received a blaster injury to the leg. In 5 ABY, the droid information broker 8t88 hired the Gran to serve as backup during a meeting with Katarn at the Rimmer's Rest cantina on Nar Shaddaa, where 8t88 was going to divulge information regarding the death of Katarn's father. However, the droid double-crossed Katarn and left the Gran and another hireling to kill him. Katarn disarmed both hirelings before they could shoot him, however, with the Rebel agent making his escape soon after.
Gran with a grudgeEdit
- "I was a bodyguard looking for a smuggler a few years back. He was running weapons into the Imperial sector, until you dumped his operation into a blackhole and gave me a laser shot in the leg doing it…and my leg still hurts sometimes."
- ―The Gran, to Kyle Katarn
A Gran male worked as a bodyguard by the year 4 ABY. The Gran eventually went in search of a weapons smuggler but encountered the Rebel Alliance agent Kyle Katarn instead. After a shootout between the two, the Gran sustained a blaster injury to the leg, while Katarn took down the smuggling operation by himself. The wound took three months to heal, during which time the Gran built up a grudge against Katarn. By the year 5 ABY, the Gran had switched over into the career of bounty hunting, working out of the moon Nar Shaddaa.
Later during that same year, a droid information broker named 8t88, working for the Dark Jedi Jerec, obtained a datadisc on the moon Sulon from the home of Katarn's father, Morgan, whom Jerec had murdered previously. Unable to access the disc's contents due to its layered encryption, 8t88 journeyed to Nar Shaddaa to force Morgan's son to decipher the disc, under the guide of meeting with Katarn to divulge the details of his father's death. In case Katarn refused to comply, 8t88 attempted to hire the bounty hunter Boba Fett to serve as a bodyguard. However, Fett declined, which forced 8t88 to find cheaper backup, including the Gran and a number of other mercenaries and bounty hunters.
Rematch with KatarnEdit
- "Remember me? It took three months for that blaster burn to heal."
"Can't say that I do, but the streets are filled with trash—and it's hard to tell one piece from another."
- ―The Gran and Kyle Katarn
Arriving at Katarn's table at the Rimmer's Rest cantina, 8t88 informed Katarn of Jerec's responsibility for Morgan's death as well as the Dark Jedi's plans to create a new Empire. While late to the confrontation, the Gran and a Grave Tusken moved in around Katarn as 8t88 suddenly forced the topic of the stolen datadisc on him. However, Katarn denied 8t88's requests, prompting the droid to leave and order his hirelings to kill Katarn. Instead of immediately shooting Katarn, the Gran asked him if he remembered him from their past encounter. While the former Rebel agent did not recognize the Gran, the exchange granted Katarn enough time to throw the Tusken over his shoulder while unconsciously calling on the Force to retrieve his own blaster to point at the Gran.
Both of the disarmed hirelings were in awe of Katarn's sudden trick as the latter slipped away, mockingly adding that they should go out for lunch sometime. Afterward, Katarn chased 8t88 through the streets of Nar Shaddaa, eventually shooting off one of the droid's arms on a landing platform. Nonetheless, 8t88 escaped aboard an Imperial Lambda-class shuttle with the help of more hired guns, whom the shuttle's stormtroopers shot when they tried to board as well.
Personality and traitsEdit
- "You two may not be as good as Boba Fett, but you've done well enough so far."
- ―8t88, to the Gran and Tusken hirelings
The Gran carried a grudge against Kyle Katarn after sustaining a long-lasting blaster injury during a prior confrontation with him. The Gran was also cocky and somewhat eager during his subsequent confrontation with Katarn on Nar Shaddaa. He wished to know if Katarn remembered him from their previous engagement, though Katarn did not recognize the mercenary, claiming that the Gran was just a piece of street trash like numerous others with whom Katarn had dealt. However, the Gran became distracted by the exchange, which allowed Katarn to disarm him and slip away, leaving the hireling seething in anger. At one point, 8t88 compared the Gran to Boba Fett, saying that while the Gran may not have been as skilled as Fett, he had been useful nonetheless.
The Gran had beige-colored skin and purple eyes that were noticeably bloodshot during his second confrontation with Katarn at the Smugger's Bar. He had a voice that sounded like a gravel crusher and could speak both an alien language and Basic.
- "My… My blaster! I lost my blaster!"
- ―The Gran, disarmed by Kyle Katarn
The Gran carried an E-11 blaster rifle as his primary weapon during his second confrontation with Kyle Katarn on Nar Shaddaa. He also wore dark-blue fatigues around his torso as well as black pants with brown boots.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Gran mercenary first appeared in the 1997 video game Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II. Two actors are credited as playing bounty-hunter characters in the game's corresponding cutscene: Dan Bloom and Dylan Haggerty, who are listed as "Bounty Hunter 1" and "Bounty Hunter 2," respectively.
The Gran's spoken line in that cutscene, which is translated via caption as "You will never leave here. Nar Shaddaa shall be your grave," is actually two reused "wake up" sound effects that other Gran characters emit when first sighting the player-character in the video game Star Wars: Dark Forces. This sound effect is also repeated by other Gran characters in the Dark Forces II levels on Sulon.
In addition to Dark Forces II, the Gran mercenary later appeared in the game's 1998 novella adaption Dark Forces: Rebel Agent, written by William C. Dietz and illustrated by Ezra Tucker, as well as the Dark Forces Rebel Agent audio drama. In accordance with 8t88's dialogue in the game, the Gran was voiced by Tom Keith in the audio drama and is credited there as "Goon 1." These stories briefly expanded on the character's backstory with Kyle Katarn.
- "You'll never leave here alive. Nar Shaddaa will be your grave!"
- ―Some of the Gran's modified dialogue for the novella Dark Forces: Rebel Agent
Between the video game and the novella, the confrontation in the Nar Shaddaa bar is somewhat different. While a Grave Tusken acts as 8t88's second hire in the game, the novella changes the nameless thug to a Rodian. The weapon that Kyle Katarn uses against the Gran also differs—Katarn grabs a DH-17 blaster pistol from the Grave Tusken behind him in the game, while in the novella Katarn uses the Force to grab his Bryar pistol, though the weapon is never identified by name. The original artwork for the novella featured Katarn exclusively using a DH-17 as opposed to his trademark Bryar. The order and wording of some of the dialogue in that scene also differ between novella and audio drama.
After the conclusion of the Gran's cutscene in the game, the Gran runs out of the cantina's seating area and into the main bar room, where he takes up position to attack Katarn. The player may choose to shoot and kill the Gran or evade his followup attacks and escape the area. The game's strategy guide recommends killing the Gran. In the novella, Katarn disarms the thugs and leaves, though a page break is inserted shortly thereafter, which leaves the Gran's fate ambiguous. However, in the audio drama, Katarn leaves the Gran behind.
The Gran speaks an alien language in the game, while he speaks Basic in the audio drama and novella. This article asserts that the Gran speaks both Basic and an alien language, in accordance with each of these sources.
- Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II (First appearance)
- Dark Forces: Rebel Agent
- Dark Forces: Rebel Agent audio drama
- Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II: The Official Strategy Guide
- The Essential Reader's Companion (Indirect mention only)
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 Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 According to the Dark Forces: Rebel Agent audio drama, the Gran first encounters Kyle Katarn following the Battle of Endor but while Katarn is still a Rebel Alliance agent. This time period corresponds to the year 4 ABY, according to The New Essential Chronology.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 The New Essential Chronology dates the events of Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II to 5 ABY.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Dark Forces: Rebel Agent audio drama
- ↑ 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 Dark Forces: Rebel Agent
- ↑ Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II game manual
- ↑ Star Wars: Dark Forces
- ↑ Tucker, Ezra. Ezra Tucker Original Art: Fantasy. ezratucker.com. Ezra Tucker. Archived from the original on October 8, 2017. Retrieved on February 24, 2014.
- ↑ Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II: The Official Strategy Guide