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March 11 (Week 11), 2013 – Argazdan and Mee Deechi
The Argazdans were a green-skinned near-Human species native to the planet Argazda in the Kanz sector. The species developed from a stock of mainline Humans who colonized Argazda when the Galactic Republic was still young. They brought the Vianist faith with them and spread the religion among the other species of the region. The Argazdans became infamous in the galaxy for seceding from the Republic under the leadership of Governor Myrial. The actions of Myrial's supporters—the Myrialites—taken at a time when the Jedi Knights and Galactic Republic were preoccupied with other conflicts, ignited the Kanz Disorders in 3,970 BBY. The Disorders were a 300-year period during which the Argazdans enslaved their neighbors, formed an independent navy, and refashioned the Kanz sector as a dictatorship known as the Argazdan Redoubt. Their control of the area wrought profound changes; for example, when Argazdan slave owners forbade the enslaved Human inhabitants of the planet Lorrd to speak to one another, the Lorrdians compensated by developing non-verbal, kinetic communication. Meanwhile, the Argazdans enlisted the aid of an alien scientist who had turned up in the Redoubt. Under her command, the Argazdans ordered enslaved Lorrdians to construct the Slave Pits of Lorrd, a vast structure that housed a biological superweapon. The project came to a halt when Jedi Knights led by the Lorrdian Jedi Mari-Elan Nora attacked the Argazdan Redoubt and won it back for the Republic.
Although millennia later, the Argazdans had come to view the Kanz Disorders as a black mark on their reputation, outsiders still largely viewed them as cowardly and self-interested by the time of the Galactic Civil War. At least one member of the species, the academic and scientist Doctor Raygar, showed no compunctions about wearing the garb of an Argazdan slave lord, even among former slave species, such as the Lorrdians. Raygar earned a reputation in scholarly circles as an eccentric quester after artifacts he believed to be imbued with power. On one such mission, Raygar sought the weapon hidden in the Slave Pits of Lorrd, while on another he searched for the Sunstar kept by the Ewoks of Bright Tree Village on the Forest Moon of the planet Endor. (Read more…)
Mee Deechi was an Umbaran male politician who lived just prior to the dawn of the Galactic Empire. Deechi hailed from the shadowy Umbaran homeworld of Umbara and served the planet as its delegate in the Senate of the Galactic Republic. During the Clone Wars between the Republic and the separatist Confederacy of Independent Systems, Deechi became a strong advocate for the funding and enhancement of the Grand Army of the Republic and a staunch critic of his anti-war colleagues. Around 21 BBY, the Umbaran joined with the pro-war Kaminoan Senator Halle Burtoni to campaign for a bill that would authorize an order for 5,000,000 more clone troopers to join the Grand Army. The two were opposed by Senator Bail Prestor Organa of Alderaan and his anti-war coalition, but they ultimately prevailed, winning the required number of delegate votes to approve the order.
In the immediate aftermath of the vote, Organa's ally, Rodian Senator Onaconda Farr, drafted and proposed a piece of counter-legislation designed to drastically reduce the Republic's military budget and halt the production of clone troopers. Deechi was recognized as an opposition leader during the debates over the budget-reducing legislation, and worked closely with Burtoni to defeat Farr, Organa, and their allies, Senators Padmé Amidala, Mon Mothma, and Representative Lolo Purs. Purs, bitter over Farr's past misdeeds, murdered her Rodian colleague shortly before the vote on the bill, but escaped notice for a number of days. Several members of the legislation's support bloc suspected foul play on Deechi's part due to the political strife between the two, but the Umbaran only held occupational ill will toward the late Senator. When Purs came to suspect that Deechi had information on her involvement in the crime, she ambushed him in his Senate office and fatally stabbed him in the chest. (Read more…)
March 18 (Week 12), 2013 – Saul Karath and HG-211
Saul Karath was a Human male born on Corellia who served in the Galactic Republic's Navy as an admiral during the Mandalorian Wars. In 3,963 BBY, Karath was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral after keeping the Mandalorian forces at bay for six weeks at the Jebble-Vanquo-Tarnith line. When the fugitive Jedi Padawan Zayne Carrick—who was fleeing from his Masters after being framed for the Padawan Massacre of Taris—attempted to warn Karath of the planet Serroco's impending destruction, Karath assumed that Carrick was a Mandalorian spy. When the Mandalorians razed Serroco's surface, Karath and his allies took Carrick into custody and, after boarding Adascorp leader Arkoh Adasca's flagship Arkanian Legacy, they participated in an auction in which Karath attempted to negotiate for Republic control of Adasca's exogorth superweapons. After Adasca's schemes were brought to an end, Karath also played a role in the events of the Covenant Affair, which saw the destruction of the Jedi Covenant—a secret Jedi organization which was dedicated to preventing the rise of the Sith—when one of the leaders, the Sith Acolyte Haazen, led an insurrection against the Jedi Order.
In that same year, the Jedi Knights Revan, Malak and their Jedi faction entered the war, with Karath becoming Revan's and Malak's subordinate. Karath later assisted Carrick in destroying the slavery organization known as the Crucible. In 3,960 BBY, after Revan and Malak led the Republic to victory against the Mandalorians in the war's final battle, Karath was one of the few individuals among the Republic forces who did not follow the Jedi into the Unknown Regions to search for the ancient Rakatan Star Forge space station, which produced an unlimited amount of war matériel. A year later, Revan returned to the Republic as the new Dark Lord of the Sith, with Malak as his apprentice, igniting the Jedi Civil War. In 3,958 BBY, Karath transferred his allegiance to Darth Revan's Sith Empire, bringing his flagship, the Leviathan, to Revan's service. In order to test Karath's loyalty, Malak ordered the Admiral to destroy the planet Telos IV. Karath killed millions of civilians on Telos, and earned the wrath of his former friend and protégé Carth Onasi, who had served with Karath during the Mandalorian Wars. After Malak betrayed Revan during the Jedi's and Republic's attempt to capture them, Karath continued to serve the Sith forces under Malak's command.
In the war's final year, Malak captured the ecumenopolis of Taris and ordered the Sith fleet to blockade the planet so that the Sith forces could search for Jedi Knight Bastila Shan. Karath was eventually ordered by the Dark Lord to destroy the planet in order to prevent Shan's escape, and Karath bombarded Taris. Shortly after Taris's destruction, Malak and Karath were informed by the bounty hunter Calo Nord of Shan's escape from the planet, and of Revan's survival and involvement in the escape. Malak and Karath hired Nord to capture Shan, but Revan, now a partially re-trained Jedi, killed Nord during his search for the Star Forge. After Revan located a fourth Rakatan Star Map—which was needed to find the Star Forge—and slew Malak's Shadow Hand Darth Bandon, Karath captured Revan's starship Ebon Hawk and tortured Revan, Onasi, and Shan in an attempt to discern their mission. The two Jedi and Onasi eventually escaped and confronted Karath on the Leviathan's bridge. Karath offered to ask Malak to be merciful if the Jedi and Onasi surrendered; however, Shan, Revan, and Onasi refused. Karath and his forces attacked them, and after a heated firefight, Karath was grievously injured. As he lay dying, Karath informed Onasi about Revan's true identity as the former Dark Lord of the Sith, and then succumbed to the wounds dealt to him by Onasi and the Jedi. (Read more…)
HG-211 was a military droid with a masculine persona who served as the head of security for a droid community that dwelled on the moon Uffel in the Cularin system during the waning years of the Galactic Republic. Circa 31 BBY, the rogue protocol droid LN-73 fell to the surface of Uffel during a debris storm and set about sabotaging droid production facilities in the city X2-4. HG-211 hired the Heroes of Cularin, a group of freelance agents, to identify the source of the vandalism, and after LN-73 learned of the military droid's investigation, it incapacitated HG-211 via a power surge from a computer terminal. However, the agents defeated LN-73, and HG-211 was repaired.About ten years later, soldiers from the Thaereian military, an armed force that was active in the Cularin system, invaded Uffel and occupied a production line in X2-4. The threat of the Thaereians led to the activation of protocol within the programming of half of the Uffel droids, which caused them to become hostile to organic beings. HG-211 became the leader of a faction of loyalist droids that opposed the anti-organic droids, and he enlisted the help of the Heroes of Cularin to repulse the Thaereian invaders and to resolve the droid schism. (Read more…)
Chin was a Human male smuggler and chief associate of Talon Karrde's organization. A native of the planet Myrkr, Chin was one of Karrde's longest-serving and most trusted associates, and served as the smuggler's chief of operations for Karrde's headquarters on the planet. An expert on Myrkr's native wildlife, Chin trained and domesticated Karrde's pet vornskrs, and was skilled in the removal of ysalamiri from their tree branches. He filled many roles within Karrde's organization, including caring for the vornskrs Sturm and Drang, and crewing aboard Karrde's main vessel, the Wild Karrde. Chin served Karrde throughout the entirety of the Thrawn campaign, and was still part of the organization during the Caamas Document Crisis ten years later. A skilled engineer and gunner, Chin would most often be found manning the communications console during missions. A veteran smuggler, he was middle-aged by 9 ABY, and in later years adopted a grandfatherly approach toward the new members of the organization. (Read more…)
The O'reenians were the inhabitants of the planet O'reen in the Unknown Regions; although originally Humans, they eventually evolved into a distinct sentient species of near-Humans. The species appeared similar to Humans physically with the exception of orange-hued skin. Their society and culture, on the other hand, were unique in that the O'reenians were divided into several distinct castes based upon military service. O'reenians who served in the military for six or more years were granted the rights and privileges of citizenship, while those who did not were relegated to menial occupations of the sort generally carried out by droids on worlds more technologically advanced than O'reen. Only slaves occupied a social position below non-citizens. A military dictator known as the Magnus ruled the O'reenian government and commanded its military. The system made O'reenian society highly regimented and disciplined, with an emphasis on martial prowess. Indeed, even O'reenian scientists wore sidearms while at work.
Although they were descended from colonists sent to O'reen by the Galactic Republic in the aftermath of the Great Hyperspace War, the location of their homeworld in the Unknown Regions kept the O'reenians isolated and self-sufficient for millennia. Through several chance encounters with offworlders, the O'reenians realized that their technology had fallen behind that of the rest of the galaxy, and the government implemented a policy of raiding nearby star systems to take weapons and devices that O'reenian researchers could then reverse-engineer. These missions, normally carried out by pilots in the O'reenian Star Corps, afforded the species a sense of protection against what they perceived as outside threats. Government policies of the Galactic Republic and the O'reenians alike regularly maintained that keeping the species isolated was the most beneficial course of action; nevertheless, during the Yuuzhan Vong War, the Magnus adopted a policy of potentially taking advantage of the conflict to expand O'reen's sphere of influence. (Read more…)
April 1 (Week 14), 2013 – Comet (clone trooper) and Burl Ives
"Comet" was the nickname of a clone trooper corporal who served in the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars, a conflict between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Under the command of Jedi Master Plo Koon and Clone Commander Wolffe, Comet was part of the clone trooper squad known as the Wolfpack, a unit in the 104th Battalion. In 21 BBY, Comet participated in the Battle of Khorm, in which he fought against Separatist droid forces as the Clone Army struggled to secure the planet's agrocite deposits from the Khormai Warlord Unger Gout and the Dark Acolyte Asajj Ventress. Comet was captured during the battle along with trooper Spitter, Commander Wolffe, and Major Kendal Ozzel. The prisoners later escaped in a commandeered Armored Assault Tank after hot-wiring the control panel of the cell in which they were being held. Later in the battle, Republic troops vanquished the battle droid army, resulting in the seizure of the agrocite deposits of Khorm.
Comet also helped in the rescuing of Jedi Generals Anakin Skywalker and Mace Windu on the planet Vanqor after the two Jedi had been trapped on the bridge of the downed Venator-class Star Destroyer Endurance. Under the command of Master Koon, General Skywalker, and his Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, the corporal and a squad of clones helped destroy a Separatist-controlled outpost on the planet Felucia that had recently been supplied with reinforcements by the Separatist General Grievous. Comet also took part in the rescue of a trapped Jedi force on the planet Lola Sayu, and the liberation of a group of kidnapped Togruta colonists from the planet Kiros, who had been taken by Zygerrian slavers to a labor processing plant on Kadavo. (Read more…)
Burl Ives (June 14, 1909 – April 14, 1995) was an Academy Award–winning actor, author, and renowned folk singer. After dropping out of school at an early age, he roamed the countryside looking for work as a singer. He eventually found work in New York City, both as a singer and an actor. After missing out on most of World War II, Ives began his career in film.
However, in the 1950s, Ives was branded as a Communist. To avoid blacklisting, and in an attempt to return to work, Ives named names to the House Committee on Un-American Activities, which earned him the ire of his colleagues. Nevertheless, Ives established a strong presence for himself on the screen, and was directed to an Academy Award by William Wyler for his work in The Big Country.
Ives was also known for his voice work. In 1964, he voiced Sam the Snowman in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and in 1984 he narrated John Korty's Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure. On passing in 1995 due to oral cancer, Ives was survived by his second wife, Dorothy, and his children. (Read more…)
April 8 (Week 15), 2013 – Yaru Korsin and Parella Jiramma Baco
Yaru Korsin was a Human male starship captain who served Dark Lord of the Sith Naga Sadow's Sith Empire during the era of the Great Hyperspace War. The son of a respected admiral in the Sith Navy, over a twenty-year career Korsin gained a reputation for being dependable and focused on his job. At the height of the Great Hyperspace War in 5,000 BBY, Korsin, commanding the Sith dreadnaught Omen, was sent on a mission to mine valuable Lignan crystals from the planet Phaegon III's largest moon. Accompanied by the Omen's sister ship, the Harbinger, the Sith were surprised by a Jedi attack. As the Omen jumped to hyperspace to flee the skirmish, the ship was bumped into by the Harbinger, knocking Korsin's vessel completely off course. The Omen reverted back to realspace in uncharted territory, and was severely damaged by a gravity well en route. Fortunately for Korsin, the Omen was headed toward a seemingly habitable planet, and to save the ship's precious cargo, Korsin elected to bring the ship down in a mountain range. What resulted was a violent crash—however, Korsin survived, along with his half-brother Devore, sister-in-law Seelah, and his infant nephew Jariad, with more than three hundred other Sith emerging alive from the disaster.
For the next few days, Korsin and his remaining crew forged a tenuous existence in the mountain wilderness of the planet, Kesh, although the situation grew more dire by the hour. On a trip back up to the shattered Omen to search for a means to facilitate an escape, Korsin came into conflict with his spice-addicted, hotheaded half-brother Devore. When Devore tried to usurp control of the group, the two dueled with both lightsabers and the Force, with Korsin besting his foe and dropping him to his death off a precipice. Salvation soon came for the stranded Sith—a native woman of the Keshiri species named Adari Vaal, on the run from religious trouble, happened across the Sith camp and was convinced to lead them to civilization. Posing as gods returned from the stars, Korsin and the Sith were able to gain the complete allegiance of the fervently religious natives, taking their place as rulers of Kesh. Over the next fifteen years, Yaru Korsin, now the Grand Lord of the Lost Tribe of Sith, married the now-widowed Seelah, who bore him a daughter named Nida—all the while, however, Seelah and Jariad, who had discovered Devore's true fate, secretly plotted to one day eliminate Korsin. In 4,985 BBY, the deaths of thousands of Keshiri at the hands of Pureblood Sith leader Ravilan Wroth, along with cunning manipulation by Seelah, prompted Korsin to order the deaths of all the Pureblood Sith that remained in the Lost Tribe.
Ten years later, Seelah and Jariad's long-awaited vengeance finally came to pass. Near a Sith temple that had been built years prior around the Omen's remains, Korsin and his loyal friend and bridge officer, Gloyd, were attacked by Seelah, Jariad and a group of Sith warriors. While the aged Grand Lord could not overcome his assailants on his own, he received backup from Nida, whom he had secretly trained to be the heiress to his legacy. Although Korsin was mortally wounded, Seelah and Jariad's uprising was crushed. In his final testament, recorded as he lay dying in his old captain's chair, Korsin passed on leadership of the Lost Tribe to his daughter, laying down the groundwork for the group's future. For centuries afterward on Kesh, Korsin would be remembered as a near-mythical hero. (Read more…)
Parella Jiramma Baco, also known as Parella the Hunter, was a Hutt crime lord with a masculine persona who lived on the moon Nar Shaddaa during the era of the New Republic. Considered an oddity among the Hutts, Parella was athletic and had a passion for hunting, and he went on a number of big game expeditions. At some point, he journeyed to the planet Lowick on a quest to hunt a lone member of the Gorach species, a legendary race of warriors that were said to have conquered a number of worlds thousands of years earlier. After locating the being with the help of some droid drones and his Pa'lowick guide Kashina Furt, Parella pursued and eventually defeated the Gorach.
Later, Parella attended a party on Nar Shaddaa that was held in the penthouse of his rival and occasional business partner, Popara Anjiliac. However, during the event, Popara was murdered and the Anjiliac patriarch's heir Zonnos declared that the Jedi archivist Mander Zuma and the spacers Eddey Be'ray and Reen Irana were responsible for the crime. Eager to endear himself to Zonnos, Parella set out to hunt down the purported assassins, and he confronted them on a bridge on Nar Shaddaa, where the Hutt engaged in a fight with Zuma and initially disorientated the Jedi. However, Zuma regained his composure and sliced through one of the bridge's support cables, which caused the structure to collapse and sent Parella tumbling into a chasm below. (Read more…)
April 15 (Week 16), 2013 – Kale Roshuir and Battle of Dorin
Kale Roshuir was a Human male Imperial captain assigned to the garrison on the planet Kalist VI in 0 ABY. Following a Rebel attack on the Imperial tanker Nuna's Twins, Roshuir was charged with leading an assault on the Rebel Alliance's base on Thila. He fell in love with the tanker's science officer, Deena Shan, while the two worked together to pinpoint the base's location. Unbeknownst to Roshuir, however, Shan was a Rebel agent and was feeding him disinformation to lure his troops away from Kalist VI. The Imperials fell into the Rebel trap, and many of Roshuir's troops were killed when the deserted Rebel base exploded. Realizing that he had been set up, Roshuir returned to Kalist VI and confronted Shan, but was incapacitated by one of the Rebels who had infiltrated the base and was unable to prevent them from escaping the planet with a number of rescued prisoners.
Roshuir was later tasked with capturing Rebel officer Luke Skywalker by using Skywalker's old friend Janek Sunber—now an Imperial officer—as bait. Roshuir and his stormtroopers had Skywalker and Shan pinned down aboard a space station in an Imperial junkyard, but Sunber was injured in the crossfire as he prepared to attack Skywalker, and the Rebels escaped. (Read more…)
The Battle of Dorin took place around 22 BBY during the Clone Wars, when General Grievous of the Confederacy of Independent Systems struck at the Kel Dor homeworld of Dorin in retribution for the planet's loyalty to the Galactic Republic. The Separatist invasion also served as a diversion to prevent the Republic from assaulting the Confederacy's new droid foundry on Geonosis, which the Republic had recently discovered. Although the Kel Dors suffered in the defense of their planet and initially began to be overwhelmed by Grievous's battle droid troops, a large Republic fleet under the command of Jedi Generals Plo Koon and Anakin Skywalker, Admiral Wullf Yularen, and Jedi Commander Ahsoka Tano arrived to reinforce Dorin. In the subsequent naval engagement, the Jedi and their clone trooper starfighter squadrons were able to turn the tide against the Separatist assault fleet, forcing a Confederate retreat from Dorin. While his remaining forces were routed by the Republic, Grievous managed to escape from the battle in his personal starfighter. (Read more…)
Dyer was a Force-attuned Human male who held the rank of colonel in the Imperial Army. As an Imperial officer, he worked closely with Tiaan Jerjerrod, an Imperial Moff who oversaw the construction of the second Death Star battlestation, while planning the defensive systems of a bunker on the Forest Moon of Endor. The bunker, which generated a shield for the unfinished orbiting Death Star, was under the supervision of Dyer, who was responsible for the defense of the installation. In 4 ABY, hoping to destroy the bunker, a group of Rebels infiltrated it and ambushed the Imperial troops stationed there. Dyer then ordered his men to enter the base and capture the intruders. When Dyer confronted Rebel General Han Solo, Solo threw a toolbox filled with explosive charges at the Colonel, causing him to fall over a platform railing. (Read more…)
CC-8826, nicknamed "Neyo," was an ARC clone trooper who served in the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. Cloned from the template of the Human male bounty hunter Jango Fett on the water world of Kamino, Neyo was a graduate of ARC trooper Alpha-17's elite clone commander training program. Given the rank of clone marshal commander, Neyo became the commanding officer of the 91st Reconnaissance Corps, and in 19 BBY served in the five-month-long siege of the Separatist planet Saleucami. After the forces of the Galactic Republic captured Saleucami, Neyo and his Reconnaissance Corps—under the command of Jedi General Stass Allie—remained behind after the main Republic forces left, being tasked with destroying the last pockets of Separatist resistance.
During a speeder patrol on Saleucami with General Allie and a fellow trooper designated CT-3423, Neyo received Order 66—a Republic directive that labeled the members of the Jedi Order as enemies of the Republic to be executed—via his comlink from Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. Neyo and 3423 followed through, killing their commanding officer with their speeder bikes' laser cannons. After the declaration of Order 66 and the Republic's transformation into the first Galactic Empire, Neyo retained his rank of commander in the new Imperial Army. (Read more…)
April 29 (Week 18), 2013 – RX-Series pilot droid and 11-4D
RX-Series pilot droids were a line of droids designed and manufactured by the companies Industrial Automaton and Reubens Robotic Systems. With a squat, cylindrical chassis that terminated in a flared repulsorlift base for locomotion, RX-Series pilot droids used their three clawed limbs to manipulate starship controls and fly vessels. Units commonly featured brushed metal chassis with colored accents. A helmet-like head topped each RX pilot droid, and a humanoid faceplate—sporting two glowing photoreceptors and a speaker—enabled the droids to more easily interact with organics. RX units were capable of operating independently to pilot starships, especially in tasks that organic pilots found too dull or repetitive to bother with, such as docking and undocking spacecraft, maneuvering cargo between vessels, and piloting passenger craft along well-traveled hyperlanes. The droids' programming also made them apt copilots and support personnel. They were renowned for their toughness and reliability, although when an RX-Series droid failed, it did so spectacularly. A heuristic processor afforded RX units the ability to creatively solve problems, and when spared from memory wipes, they tended to develop chipper personalities that allowed them to better interface with living beings.Industrial Automaton and Reubens Robotic Systems introduced the RX-Series pilot droid to the galactic market by approximately 22 BBY. The companies' goal was to create a hybrid astromech–protocol droid that could not only assist in spaceship piloting and maintenance but also easily interface with organics. The droids proved a success, with most spaceports purchasing a few RX units from the line. RX droids saw service during the Clone Wars, as when the Galactic Republic Commander Griebs Kishpaugh employed the unit Z-37 to pilot his shuttle. The Star Tours passenger liner service purchased a crew of RX-Series droids to pilot its StarSpeeder 3000 spacecraft on its short-lived service to the Forest Moon of Endor. One of those droids, designated RX-24, piloted the initial Star Tours Flight 45 to Endor, but the novice's errors sent his craft through a series of misadventures before returning safely to their point of departure. (Read more…)
11-4D, pronounced OneOne-FourDee and often referred to as 4D or FourDee, was a masculine-programmed, multi-appendaged bipedal medical droid that served under several masters in the decades preceding the Clone Wars. 11-4D originally worked in a medical facility on the planet Obroa-skai before the Togruta Ellin Lah, captain of the freighter Woebegone, became 11-4D's new owner. In 67 BBY, the Muun Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Plagueis killed the entire crew during the freighter's trip to Ithor and took 11-4D into his possession, with the droid easily switching masters to the Muun. From then on, 11-4D helped his master with Plagueis's work, including the Muun's search for immortality. The droid helped Plagueis track down three Force-sensitives that the Bith Sith Lord Darth Venamis, whom Plagueis had captured after dueling and defeating him, had been considering as possible apprentices.
11-4D and Plagueis tracked the first, a shapeshifting Shi'ido, to the planet Lianna, where they later captured the Shi'ido before letting him go. After Plagueis found the second on the planet Saleucami, 11-4D and the Muun located the last, a Nautolan by the name of Naat Lare, on the world of Abraxin; Lare died in a confrontation with two Jedi later the same day that 11-4D and his master found him. A year after meeting Plagueis, 11-4D was introduced to the young Naboo native Palpatine on the planet Chandrila; Palpatine would later become Plagueis's Sith apprentice and take the name Darth Sidious. In 52 BBY, 11-4D was at Plagueis's side in the Fobosi District on the planet Coruscant while attending the initiation of the Muun Larsh Hill into the exclusive Order of the Canted Circle. There they survived an attack by Maladian assassins hired by the enemies Plagueis had made over the years by negatively affecting them with his plans.
After transferring their base of operations from the island Aborah on Muunilinst to the moon of Sojourn, 11-4D continued to help Plagueis with his work. There, the Muun let Venamis, who had been in a comatose state since his capture, die in front of Palpatine and 11-4D, and then brought the Bith back to life via midi-chlorian manipulation, proving how far the Muun had come in his quest for immortality. In 33 BBY, Plagueis was once again targeted by his enemies, this time on Sojourn itself. 11-4D and Plagueis escaped in the starship Scimitar, moments before Plagueis's opponents devastated Sojourn with a nuclear bomb, obliterating the facility and the surrounding landscape. A year later, on the eve of the election of Palpatine, Naboo's incumbent Senator, to the office of Supreme Chancellor, the Senator killed his Master, leaving 11-4D under Palpatine's possession. (Read more…)
May 6 (Week 19), 2013 – Jor Torlin and Uwana Buyer
Jor Torlin was a Human male agent who worked for the Sith Intelligence and Assassination division of Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire during the Second Imperial Civil War. He was raised on the Sith homeworld, Korriban, and was initially trained as a Sith until it was found that he lacked adequate Force-sensitivity. Instead, Torlin became a Sith spy and gained a reputation of being one of the foremost agents in the One Sith's intelligence division, led by Sith Lady Darth Maladi. In 137 ABY, Torlin was tasked with locating the former Jedi Cade Skywalker. After meeting with the Chadra-Fan informant Haako aboard the space station known as the Wheel, Torlin encountered the retired Imperial Intelligence agent Morrigan Corde, who had been reactivated by Moff Nyna Calixte to assist in locating Skywalker. The two agents discovered that negotiations for a potential alliance were taking place between Galactic Alliance Remnant Admiral Gar Stazi and Imperial Captain Mingo Bovark, who was loyal to deposed Emperor Roan Fel's Empire-in-exile. Torlin and Corde successfully managed to sabotage the meeting, causing the two factions to remain divided. After this, the two agents traveled to the planet Ossus to search for Skywalker. Torlin, who distrusted Corde, attempted to kill the agent in Ossus's jungles. However, Corde activated a micro-ampule that was filled with a nerve toxin that she had inserted while he was unconscious aboard his starship, the Raider, and left Torlin to die as she commandeered the Raider and departed Ossus. (Read more…)
The Uwana Buyer was a SoroSuub Corporation Luxury 5000 space yacht owned and operated by the Human smuggler chief Talon Karrde. Heavily modified by Karrde to suit his needs, the Uwana Buyer was the most extravagant and luxurious vessel in Karrde's fleet. He used it to impress potential clients whom he considered to be gullible enough to be amazed by wealth and riches, but rarely spent much time aboard himself, preferring to operate from aboard the Action VI transport Wild Karrde. Karrde operated the Uwana Buyer through the Galactic Civil War, and he employed it as an incentive for his associates; those who served him well were assigned to crew the yacht to take advantage of its comforts. In 8 ABY, Karrde and his Human second-in-command, Quelev Tapper, took the Uwana Buyer to the planet Varonat to investigate the operations of a Krish crime lord named Gamgalon. During the mission, Tapper was killed, and Karrde saved by a Human woman named Mara Jade. (Read more…)
May 13 (Week 20), 2013 – Battle of Malastare Narrows and Morodin
The Battle of Malastare Narrows was a naval engagement that took place at the planet Malastare in 34 BBY. After reaching a disagreement with Malastarian Dug companies over fuel allocations, the Corporate Alliance elected to blockade Malastare to force an agreement in their favor. To that end the Alliance Admiral Trench blockaded the Malastare Narrows with a corporate fleet, leading the Dugs to appeal for assistance from Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum of the Galactic Republic. Though publicly demurring to send aid, Valorum feared that the Alliance would triumph if the conflict escalated into a shooting war. Valorum thus equipped Malastare behind-the-scenes with funds for privateer starships, as well as such military "observers" as Captain Wullf Yularen of the Kwymar Sector Fleet to overturn the Alliance's blockade of the Malastare Narrows.
During the ensuing battle between the Alliance and Republic fleets, Trench used his ruthlessly efficient tactics to tear the Republic ships apart, nearly succeeding in eradicating Yularen's forces. Eventually, a task force led by Jedi Master Kep-She was sent to intervene and reinforced the remainder of Yularen's task force, overpowering Trench's flotilla and forcing the Corporate Alliance to retreat from Malastare. Although the vaporization of Trench's flagship led to the presumption of his death, he survived the battle and returned to fight Yularen during the Separatist blockade of Christophsis, over a decade later during the Clone Wars. (Read more…)
Morodins were a species of large, sentient herbivores. Often mistaken for massive herd animals, the Morodins had long, slender bodies that could grow up to twenty meters in length. They possessed six legs and two forearms, as well as a wide spoon-shaped snout. The most distinctive feature of the Morodins was their ability to secrete a nutrient slime trail that promoted growth and mutation in plant life that it covered. The composition of the secretion varied with the Morodin's diet, and they were always experimenting with new combinations by eating plants, exuding the secretion to create a new, more nutritious, strain of flora which then entered their food chain.
Originally from a homeworld that struggled to feed its growing population, the Morodins established a colony on the planet Varonat to grow food. The Morodins turned part of Varonat into a vast jungle and transported their bounty to the homeworld aboard organic space vessels. However, an ecological disaster on their homeworld prevented the Morodins from growing their ships, and contact with the homeworld was lost. The Morodins on Varonat continued to thrive. Eventually, Human colonists reached Varonat and saw the Morodins as wild beasts intent on destroying their plantings when, in reality, the Morodins were trying to help the Humans to grow their food. During the early years of the New Republic, a group of Krish began planting in the jungle and actively allowing the Morodins to fertilize the crop. At the same time, a safari had been established by the same group of Krish that killed several Morodins a year as part of a big-game hunt. (Read more…)
May 20 (Week 21), 2013 – Quelev Tapper and Goru Rainstealer
Quelev Tapper was a Human male smuggler who operated during the Galactic Civil War. Formerly the head of his own organization, Tapper agreed to merge with Talon Karrde's smuggling group after Imperial forces leveled his Quelev Tapper's headquarters and destroyed three quarters of his operation. Tapper became Karrde's second-in-command and most trusted lieutenant, and his conservative personality countered Karrde's more flamboyant nature. The pair would often personally investigate new business opportunities.
In 6 ABY, Tapper accompanied Karrde to the planet Kaal to investigate the rumor that Emperor Palpatine's personal yacht, the Emperor's Shadow, had crashed-landed in the world's oceans. Due to Imperial intervention, Tapper was forced to detonate the wreck to save Karrde, a New Republic delegation, and Kaal's ruler, Tirgee Benyalle. In 7 ABY, a deal was struck between Karrde and Booster Terrik to supply Wedge Antilles and Rogue Squadron with munitions during their war against Ysanne Isard. Tapper commanded the convoy that travelled to The Graveyard in the Alderaan system to transfer the equipment and was caught in a battle between the Rogues and forces loyal to Isard. In 8 ABY, Tapper accompanied Karrde to Varonat to investigate the operations of the Krish crime lord Gamgalon. While working undercover, the pair were rumbled by Gamgalon and his Krish underlings who planned to kill the pair of them. Tapper tried to escape, but was killed during the attempt. Karrde was rescued by Mara Jade Skywalker, who was posing as a hyperdrive mechanic named Celina Marniss. (Read more…)
Goru Rainstealer was a male weapons designer who designed the Zicx-bug bomb, an illegal grenade-like weapon made using Zicx bugs and sarlacc bile. Due to his poor treatment of his clients and his illegal weaponry, Rainstealer earned the enmity of the Galactic Empire, the Alliance to Restore the Republic, the Hutt Cartel, Black Sun, and a Whiphid crime lord named Valarian. Due to the fact that these factions either wanted his work or wanted him dead, Rainstealer attempted to hide in the city of Narmle on Rori, a moon of the planet Naboo. However, at one point after the Battle of Yavin during the Galactic Civil War, Rainstealer was approached by a spacer who wanted him to produce a special weapon. Eventually Rainstealer consented and sent the spacer to procure the ingredients, which he used to produce several Zicx-bug bombs in order to keep that individual from speaking openly about him. (Read more…)
May 27 (Week 22), 2013 – Fourth Battle of Kuat and Flesh Raider uprising
A battle was fought between Imperial and New Republic forces during the Galactic Civil War for control of the planet Kuat and its vital shipyards, owned by the Imperial-aligned company Kuat Drive Yards, in 8.5 ABY. The Imperial forces at Kuat—led by Admiral Teren Rogriss and consisting of the Star Dreadnought Aurora, three battlecruisers, and over a dozen Star Destroyers—faced only the Republic RZ-1 A-wing interceptors of Surprise Squadron.
However, the ion weaponry of the A-wings disabled the systems of four cruisers, while a virus caused five Imperial warships to turn their batteries on their allies. That turn of events, plus the fact that the New Republic owned a significant portion of the KDY shares and had Mon Calamari Star Cruisers stationed near the Kuat system, prompted the leading members of KDY to surrender to the New Republic forces, under the command of military figures Admiral Gial Ackbar, Wedge Antilles, Tycho Celchu, and Airen Cracken, as well as Minister of Commerce Ral'Rai Muvunc.(Read more…)
Near the end of the Cold War between the Galactic Republic and the resurgent Sith Empire, the native Flesh Raiders of the planet Tython began to wage war against the Jedi Order and the Pilgrims of Kalikori Village. Under the command of the Nautolan Dark Jedi Bengel Morr, the Flesh Raiders became more bold in their attacks against the Jedi, who had returned to their Order's ancestral homeworld in the aftermath of the Sacking of Coruscant and the end of the Great Galactic War. Morr, who had been driven insane by the devastation during the fall of the Jedi Temple, blamed the Jedi Order for the defeat and turned to the dark side, taking on the Human Callef as his apprentice and plotting the destruction of the Order.
In 3,643 BBY, Morr set his plans in motion by sending Callef and a Flesh Raider invasion force against the Jedi outpost in the Tythonian Gnarls region. However, Callef was defeated and killed by a young Jedi initiate, who was then taken on as an apprentice by the Human Jedi Master Orgus Din, Morr's former teacher. Together with Din and the astromech droid T7-O1, the apprentice learned of Morr's survival and vendetta against the Order during the course of several missions for both the Jedi and the Twi'lek settlers of Kalikori. Upon discovering that Morr had organized the natives into an army and was training some of them as Force Adepts, the Jedi moved to eliminate the Flesh Raider command base and several other camps in an attempt to put a stop to Morr's planned assault on the Order.
However, Din and his apprentice were betrayed by the villagers when Morr made a deal with the Twi'leks, trading protection from the Flesh Raiders in exchange for the life of his former Master and Din's new Padawan. While Morr took his unconscious mentor to the ancient machine known as the Forge, the villagers attempted to kill Din's apprentice and T7-O1 as part of an altered deal, but the Padawan managed to escape without bloodshed and pursued Morr through the Tythan wilderness. Fighting through the Flesh Raider army occupying the ruins of an ancient city, the Padawan and T7-O1 found Morr waiting before the Forge. In a fierce duel, the young apprentice defeated the deranged Morr and rescued Din from his former student. For the Padawan's bravery and actions, Din ordered his apprentice to construct a lightsaber and return to the Jedi Temple, where Morr was healed of his insanity and the apprentice elevated to the rank of Jedi Knight. Along with T7-O1, the Knight's first assignment soon spiraled into war as the Sith Lord Darth Angral launched a campaign against the Republic, and the young Jedi played a pivotal role in the conflict by ultimately defeating the Sith in a battle above Tython. (Read more…)
June 3 (Week 23), 2013 – Mak Plain and Halomar Corros
Mak Plain was a Muun male banker who lived during the years prior to the rise of the Galactic Empire. Plain worked as an official within the Muun-run InterGalactic Banking Clan and represented the Clan's loan policies and practices on the Galactic Republic's capital world of Coruscant during the Clone Wars between the Republic and the separatist Confederacy of Independent Systems. Around 21 BBY, in the aftermath of a failed peace initiative to end the war and a devastating terrorist attack on Coruscant, Republic Senator Halle Burtoni introduced a bill before the Galactic Congress that would appropriate a loan from the InterGalactic Banking Clan to fund the addition of five million clone troopers to the Grand Army of the Republic. Senators Padmé Amidala and Onaconda Farr, both of whom opposed the bill, met with Plain to discuss the cost of such a loan. During the meeting, Plain revealed that in light of a recent decision by the Senate to deregulate the banking industry, the Banking Clan's interest rate on government loans would increase from the original ten percent to a new rate of twenty-five percent. Due to Burtoni's campaigning and the fact that the Confederacy had already secured such a loan from the Banking Clan, the military enhancement bill was approved. (Read more…)
Halomar Corros was a Human male general who served the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War. Assigned as commander of Reginard Base, Corros oversaw the day-to-day operation of the outpost. Corros was present on the base when a YT-1300 light freighter, the Limping Lady, arrived at the outpost carrying independent spacers who were in possession of a data cartridge containing vital information on Imperial warship movements. He was later present when the base's senior technician, Adonar Dellox, apparently succumbed to the deadly disease triflexia. In reality, he had been murdered by Major Tanya Madera, an Imperial spy who served as the base's second-in-command. Due to Madera's schemes, Reginard Base was almost discovered by Imperial forces, but Corros's command was saved by a group of Rebel agents stationed at the base.
Corros was also responsible for recruiting Dirk Harkness into the Alliance. He met the young mechanic during a mission to Kelada, where the General hoped to rendezvous with an Alliance operative, Chessa Dohhenty. Dohhenty was killed by Imperial stormtroopers prior to meeting with Corros, and Harkness, who was her lover, killed several stormtroopers in revenge before fleeing the scene. Corros caught up to the young man in a cantina, Lorana's Labyrinth, and recruited him on the spot. (Read more…)
June 10 (Week 24), 2013 – Firmus Nantz and Duel in the Jedi Temple ruins
Admiral Firmus Nantz was a New Republic Fleet commander—and later senior flag officer of the New Republic Defense Force—during the Galactic Civil War. From 4 ABY to 6 ABY, Nantz commanded the First Fleet, and oversaw the New Republic's campaign to liberate the Western Reaches from the rule of the Galactic Empire and the various Imperial warlord states that had arisen in the wake of Emperor Palpatine's death at the Battle of Endor. His campaigns blunted or curtailed the plans of several of the new warlords, including Moff Utoxx Prentioch, Superior General Sander Delvardus, and Moff Par Lankin. During this time, Nantz was responsible for recruiting General Lando Calrissian to form a unit to deal with rogue Imperial pirates plaguing New Republic shipping. By 16 ABY, Nantz was the senior flag officer in the fleet, and was considered to command the enhanced fleet formation dispatched to the Koornacht Cluster in that year. The fleet's mission was to oppose the xenophobic Yevetha after they had conducted genocidal massacres of planetary populations of alien species within their home region. (Read more…)
During the Cold War between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire, Jedi Master Orgus Din's former apprentice and the Padawan Kira Carsen dueled the Sith Lord Tarnis in the ruins of the Jedi Temple. In 3,643 BBY, during a mission to rescue the Republic scientist "Doctor Eli Tarnis" from the Black Sun criminal syndicate, Din's fomer student—now a Jedi Knight—learned that the scientist was in fact a Sith Lord, and that he had stolen the Planet Prison superweapon in an attempt to unleash it upon the Republic capital of Coruscant.
Having located the Planet Prison's heat signature in the ruins of the Jedi Temple, the Knight and Kira Carsen raced through the planet's industrial sector and fought their way through the Imperial-occupied Temple until they reached the Council Chamber. There, in front of a live transmission to Tarnis' father Darth Angral and Angral's three Sith apprentices, the Knight and Carsen battled the traitorous Sith scientist and defeated him. Having watched the Knight cut down his son in front of him, Angral declared an unending war of vengeance upon the young Jedi and the Order as a whole, sparking the Desolator crisis. Using information Tarnis had transmitted to them, Angral's apprentices would seize control of the Republic's superweapon projects as part of their master's crusade against the killer of Tarnis, a conflict that would only end when the Knight defeated Angral aboard the warship Oppressor above Tython. (Read more…)
June 17 (Week 25), 2013 – Turr Phennir and Voe Atell
Turr Phennir was a Human male who served for years as an ace starfighter pilot in the Galactic Empire's 181st Imperial Fighter Group. Recruited into the group by Major Soontir Fel around 1 ABY, Captain Phennir spent the next several years battling forces of the Rebel Alliance, the Empire's opponent in the ongoing Galactic Civil War. By 4 ABY, he was a major and the fighter group's executive officer. Phennir and the 181st flew in the Battle of Endor that year, which saw Galactic Emperor Palpatine die aboard the Empire's second Death Star battlestation. The defeat caused the Empire to fracture, but the 181st remained loyal to the throne and were called on to defend the planet Brentaal IV from the New Republic, the Alliance's successor state. Phennir had no faith in the Empire's new leadership and urged Fel to seize the planet as his own warlord holding, but the 181st instead flew into a battle that scheming Imperial Intelligence Director Ysanne Isard had already decided they would lose. When the New Republic conquered Brentaal IV and captured Fel, command of the 181st was given to Phennir.
When the crumbling Empire ceased to exist in 11 ABY, the Imperial Remnant was formed from the holdings of various warlords, and new Head of State Gilad Pellaeon recruited Phennir and the 181st to aid him in the Orinda campaign of 12 ABY. The fighter group and the Executor-class Star Dreadnought Reaper battled New Republic forces in a series of clashes throughout the Mid Rim, ultimately repelling them in the Orinda system and securing the Remnant's borders. One year later, General Phennir and three other pilots of the 181st went on a diplomatic mission to the neutral planet Adumar, whose government also invited representatives from the New Republic. Phennir and his men won the hearts of the locals by frequently engaging them in customary aerial duels to the death, and they pledged themselves to the nation state of Cartann when its leader declared war on the rest of the planet. However, Phennir fled Adumar in his TIE interceptor when the New Republic pilots—flying for the opposing Adumari Union—shot down all three of his fellows. Cartann lost the war, and Adumar joined the New Republic.
After Adumar, Phennir remained out of action for years, resurfacing in 40 ABY to join a Confederation of planets that had seceded from the Galactic Alliance, the successor to the New Republic. As the Supreme Commander of the Confederation military, he led their war effort against the Alliance. His first action was to lure enemy forces into a trap at the planet Gilatter VIII, where mines awaited their ships. Phennir later quarreled with Sadras Koyan, Prime Minister of the Corellian system's Five Worlds government. Although the Five Worlds were members of the Confederation, Koyan independently used their Centerpoint superweapon against the Alliance, and Phennir responded by cutting the Corellians off from Confederate aid until Koyan was removed from power by his Minister of Information, Denjax Teppler. As the war drew to a close in 41 ABY, the Confederation surrendered when the Alliance joined forces with the Imperial Remnant and the Jedi Coalition. Phennir remained the leader of the independent government and represented them at a Unification Summit held on Coruscant in 43 ABY. (Read more…)
Voe Atell was a female senator who served in the Parliament of the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars. An affiliate of the Corporate Alliance, she remained staunchly opposed to the Galactic Republic throughout the war, as were many of her colleagues in the Separatist Parliament. Around 21 BBY, Atell refused to support Senator Mina Bonteri's bill to open peace negotiations with the Republic. Although the bill passed by a majority in the Parliament, it proved to be unsuccessful once it reached the Republic Senate due to the machinations of the Confederate Head of State, Count Dooku. As the war continued, Atell consented to serve with Separatist Congress Leader Bec Lawise on a Separatist delegation at the first-ever peace conference with the Republic on Mandalore, in which she demanded that the Republic representatives—Senators Padmé Amidala, Bail Prestor Organa, and Mon Mothma—confer political legitimacy on the Confederacy. As with Bonteri's bill for peace, the negotiations on Mandalore failed, thanks in part to an interruption from the former Separatist Lux Bonteri. (Read more…)
Admiral Coburn was a respected fleet officer in the Republic Navy who served with Jedi General Plo Koon during the Clone Wars. A hardline and highly disciplined commander, he had an unmistakable command presence due to his taciturnity and ran a tight ship aboard his Venator-class Star Destroyer. He worked closely with Koon and Clone Commander Wolffe of the 104th Battalion in coordinating some of the most dangerous operations, as part of the Galactic Republic's war effort against the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Around the war's second year, Coburn led a four-cruiser fleet to the Separatist stronghold of Lola Sayu to retrieve a group of Republic hostages and their Jedi rescuers from the notorious prison known as the Citadel. While Coburn commanded the Republic fleet against the enemy blockade of Lola Sayu, Masters Koon, Adi Gallia, Saesee Tiin, and Kit Fisto rescued the survivors from the surface. Coburn and his task force were able to pull out with minimal casualties.
At Kadavo, Coburn took part in another successful operation, overseeing an Arquitens-class light cruiser that was instrumental in the rescue of a number of Togruta colonists who had been captured and enslaved by the Separatist-backed Zygerrian Slave Empire. As part of the operation, Coburn brought his light cruiser dangerously close to the slave processing facility to save the Togrutas from their holding cell, resulting in a success. (Read more…)
Hume Tarl was a Human male from the planet Corellia, who served in the Galactic Empire's Stormtrooper Corps after graduating from the Academy on the world Corulag. Tarl joined the stormtrooper unit Tempest Force around 2 BBY, and later participated in the assault on the Rebel CR90 corvette Tantive IV as a part of the Galactic Civil War, a conflict between the Rebels and the Empire. Sometime after 0 BBY, Tarl, now a sergeant, was posted in Corellia's Coronet City, where he was helped by a spacer who captured Dina Whisper, one of Tarl's informants whom he suspected of betraying him, and disabled a small black market. After six years in Tempest Force, Tarl took part in the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY, where he fought against both native Ewoks and Rebels seeking to destroy the Empire's Death Star II. Tarl survived the battle, and years later, he was interviewed by the journalist Cindel Towani for her work Portraits of the Galactic Civil War, released in 41 ABY. (Read more…)
July 1 (Week 27), 2013 - Ghostling and Mandalorian Excision
Ghostlings were a species of ethereal humanoids indigenous to the planet Datar. While mostly Human-like in anatomy, Ghostlings had key differences from that species. The Ghostlings' shiny, tan-colored skin radiated an aura of light. Their lower limbs ended in five-toed feet that gave the species a tip-toe posture. Because they were accustomed to the low gravity of their homeworld, Ghostlings were quickly overexerted on planets with higher gravitational pull. They were easily injured in such conditions, with a mere touch enough to cause a bruise and with even a slight blow potentially proving fatal.
They lived in villages made up of nests, which hung from creeper vines in Datar's forests of bayah trees. There the Ghostlings defended themselves from intruders with simple weapons and traps. Nevertheless, they were often troubled by slavers, especially during the latter years of the Galactic Republic. In that time period, Ghostling children were sought after as pets or slaves by individuals who valued the Ghostlings for their extreme beauty and rarity. Indeed, in 32 BBY, Gardulla the Hutt bought a cargo of Ghostling children from the Dug Podracer pilot Sebulba so that she could place them in her personal pleasure garden. The children, among whom was Princess Arawynne, were freed by the Human slave boy Anakin Skywalker and his friends. Ghostlings and Humans found each other mutually fascinating and attractive. However, due to the fragile structure of the Ghostlings, sexual relations between the two species inevitably proved fatal to the Ghostling partner. (Read more…)
The Mandalorian Excision of 738 BBY was a brief but brutal conflict that saw the devastation of Mandalorian Space at the hands of the Galactic Republic. Following the Republic's enactment of the Ruusan Reformations in 1,000 BBY, the Mandalorian people experienced a growth in technological prowess and military power, but they refused to join the Republic due to their traditional warrior ways. Alarmed by the rising threat of the Mandalorians, the Jedi Order organized the Republic's Judicial Forces and Planetary Security Forces in a preemptive strike on Mandalorian Space. The Mandalorians had no hope of winning a war against the Republic and suffered greatly in the resulting battles, with a number of planets including Concord Dawn, Ordo, Fenel, and Mandalore itself crippled by bombardment. The damage lasted for centuries, with entire sections of Mandalorian worlds remaining barren deserts.
Following the Excision, the Republic disarmed and occupied Mandalorian Space, installing a provisional government to oversee sectoral affairs. The Mandalorians preserved their distinctive culture, as well as their resentment of the Republic and the Jedi who had defeated them, while rebuilding the worlds left scarred by the war. The Excision led to the formation of the pacifistic New Mandalorians, who prevailed over the warrior clans in many areas of governmental operation and society, becoming the new rulers of Mandalore. Nevertheless, many unrepentant warriors continued their traditional practices, eventually leading to the formation of such splinter groups as the Death Watch. The schism in ideology ensured that further conflict would ensue, as it did well into the time of the Clone Wars. (Read more…)
July 8 (Week 28), 2013 - Yos Kolina and Gank
Yos Kolina was the eighty-second King of Mon Cala, reigning over the Mon Calamari in support of the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars. A strong and respected leader, he worked with such advisors as Senator Meena Tills and Captain Gial Ackbar of the Mon Calamari Guard to ensure the well-being of his people, in addition to operating with the Mon Calamari Council. Although the Mon Calamari and their Quarren neighbors always clashed over their differences, Kolina was able to keep the peace thanks to his friendship with the Quarren chieftain, Nossor Ri, with the two leaders dispelling tensions through open discussion and mutual respect. They remained united in their support of the Republic and the Jedi Order, and Kolina even led soldiers from both peoples into battle during his rule over Mon Cala. Around the second year of the war, Kolina found the unity of his kingdom challenged when the Confederacy of Independent Systems began to make advances on the Calamari system.
Kolina petitioned the Republic and the Jedi High Council for aid, but he was shortly thereafter assassinated by Separatist Commander Riff Tamson. Having been integral to his people's peace with the Quarren, Kolina's sudden death left the throne to his young son, Prince Lee-Char. Renouncing Mon Calamari rule, Nossor Ri and the Quarren allied with the Confederacy, resulting in civil war on Mon Cala. Nevertheless, Lee-Char was able to bring the fighting to an end with the support of Captain Ackbar and the Republic, succeeding his father as King of Mon Cala. (Read more…)
Ganks, also known as Gank Killers, were a bloodthirsty, bipedal sentient species. Members of the species usually wore high-tech battle armor from head to foot, so to most non-Ganks their physical appearance remained unknown. Under the armor Ganks were hairy and powerful, with yellow, squarish faces and beady eyes. They sported cybernetic implants that allowed them to communicate with one another silently. Ganks were rarely seen alone, as they moved around in packs and worked together to accomplish their aims. They relished opportunities for violent mayhem and massacring others, a joy that only embellished their reputation as bloodthirsty killers.
Among the many mysteries surrounding the Ganks was the name of their true homeworld, since most members of the species resided on the Hutt-controlled industrial moon known as Nar Shaddaa. There they often were found working for Hutts—acting as mercenaries, bounty hunters, bodyguards, and assassins. They were infamous throughout the galaxy for their role in the Gank Massacres, when they were hired by Neimoidian traders to protect them from the ravages of the Porporite species, who were intent on gaining access to ryll spice. The Ganks wiped out the Porporites and then mounted a full-scale campaign of conquest against neighboring groups until stopped by the Jedi and the Galactic Republic. (Read more…)
July 15 (Week 29), 2013 - Gir Kybo Ren-Cha and Voss Parck
Gir Kybo Ren-Cha, commonly known as simply Kybo Ren, was a space pirate active during the early years of the Galactic Empire. Operating out of a base on his homeworld of Tarnoonga, Ren's crew frequently raided shipping in the vicinity of the planet Tammuz-an. In 15 BBY, Ren's operation captured the Gladiator-class Star Destroyer Demolisher from an Imperial repair dock to use in a raid on Tammuz-an itself. In order to weaken the Tammuz-an space navy, Ren captured a transport carrying fuel to the planet. However, the ship's crew escaped, forcing Ren to launch his attack early. As the Demolisher battled the naval forces of the Tammuz-an King Mon Julpa, the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO sabotaged the Star Destroyer, leaving it disabled and leading to Ren's arrest. He was imprisoned on Tammuz-an but was subsequently rescued by his first mate, Jyn Obah. He then took Princess Gerin, daughter of the Tammuz-an warrior-chieftain Lord Toda, as a hostage. Ren fled to the Bog moon of Bogden and demanded that Toda release his crew and turn Mon Julpa over to him in exchange for the return of his daughter. Toda agreed, but hid himself and a squad of Tammuz-an soldiers aboard Ren's modified attack ship, the Dianoga, while it carried the pirates to Bogden. When Ren attempted to renege on his promise to release Gerin, Toda's troops emerged, and Ren was recaptured in the ensuing skirmish. (Read more…)
Voss Parck was an officer in the Imperial Navy who discovered the future Grand Admiral Mitth'raw'nuruodo and later served as the commander of Thrawn's Empire of the Hand. Hailing from a naval family on Corulag, Parck followed the expected career path and joined the Republic Navy, serving in the Clone Wars. Shortly after the Galactic Republic became the Empire, Parck came across Thrawn while chasing smugglers in the Unknown Regions. Impressed by Thrawn's tactical abilities, Parck offered him a position in the Empire and took him back to Coruscant, where Emperor Palpatine was greatly pleased with Parck's find.
Parck remained attached to Thrawn's career, following the Grand Admiral on his mission to subjugate the Unknown Regions and its myriad aggressors. Deeply devoted to and admiring of Thrawn, Parck served as his right-hand man throughout the deployment, helping to bring many worlds under Imperial control and defeat the forces of Warlord Nuso Esva. When Thrawn returned to known space to take up command of the Empire's military forces, Parck was left behind as steward of the Empire of the Hand, an Imperialist territory that Thrawn had carved out of the Unknown Regions.
Upon Thrawn's death, Parck assumed sole command of the Empire of the Hand, continuing its mission to pacify the hostile civilizations in the region, which he regarded as essential to the future of the galaxy. When a hoax proclaimed the return of Thrawn ten years after his death, Parck cautiously opened relations with the galaxy at large, retaining high-level diplomatic ties even after the impostor was exposed. (Read more…)
July 22 (Week 30), 2013 - Battle of Kamino (Tipoca City assault) and Battle of Kattada
The Battle of Kamino, a key campaign of the Clone Wars, was fought for control of the planet Kamino around 22 BBY. Also known as the Invasion of Kamino or the defense of Kamino, the battle occurred when the Confederacy of Independent Systems launched a massive assault aimed at crippling the Grand Army of the Republic's main cloning facilities in Kamino's capital, Tipoca City. Having collaborated during a thwarted attempt to invade Kamino several months earlier, rivals General Grievous and Dark Acolyte Asajj Ventress were assigned by Count Dooku to lead the Separatist attack on Kamino. Joining Jedi General Shaak Ti and Prime Minister Lama Su in coordinating the Galactic Republic's defense of Kamino were Jedi Generals Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker who, unwilling to lose the vital cloning factories, brought their clone troopers of the 501st Legion to reinforce the Grand Army defenses.
Ventress had already infiltrated Kamino by the time Grievous arrived to beleaguer the Republic's naval blockade with an invasion fleet of his own. Although Skywalker led the Republic's starfighter squadrons against the Confederate armada, the resulting space engagement only served as a cover for elements of the Separatist Droid Army to land on Kamino via re-entry capsules disguised as starship debris. After being reassembled by Ventress's aqua droids in the ocean of Kamino, the Separatist Trident-class assault ships launched their troops against Tipoca City, and the Jedi and clones rushed to repel Grievous and the invaders. Ventress went after a DNA sample of the Grand Army's prime clone Jango Fett but was intercepted by Skywalker, who dueled the Dark Acolyte for the DNA sample. In a similar fashion, Grievous was confronted by Kenobi while spearheading a droid assault on Tipoca City's clone barracks.
As the Separatist battle droids pressed further into Tipoca City, Kamino's elite Advanced Recon Commandos played a critical part in repulsing the enemy forces from the clone troopers' homeworld. While Clone Commander Cody and Clone Captain Rex organized a defense of the barracks, Ti led other troops in pushing back the droids to Tipoca City's main hangar, where the invaders were eliminated. Ultimately, Grievous and Ventress failed to cripple Tipoca City as they had hoped thanks to the intervention of Kenobi and Skywalker, the latter of whom recovered the stolen DNA sample from Ventress. Skywalker attempted to have his clone troopers execute Ventress, but she escaped with Grievous aboard a Kamino spacecraft. Despite heavy losses, the Jedi and clones were able to drive the Separatists from Kamino. Two 501st troopers, Fives and Echo, were awarded ARC trooper status for their performance in the battle. (Read more…)
The Battle of Kattada took place in 0 BBY, during the time of the Galactic Civil War, and was fought between the Galactic Empire and the Alliance to Restore the Republic in the planet Kattada's main spaceport of Haleoda. Shortly after arriving on Kattada, Rebel-allied crew members of the CR90 corvette Tantive IV were confronted by an Imperial force under Commander Karg and Lieutenant Spilik. The Imperials had been given orders to arrest the crew of the Tantive IV, among them Princess Leia Organa, if the corvette landed on any other planet than Organa's homeworld of Alderaan.
After an Imperial attempt to arrest Organa, and the Kattadan leader Mia Ikova because she aided Organa, left Ikova wounded, Rebel Captain Raymus Antilles had the turrets of the Tantive IV fire upon the Imperials. This crippled the Imperial's Sentinel-class landing craft, and destroyed the shuttle's communications. Forced to confront the stranded Imperials, the crew members and Kattada's troopers attacked after a short reprive in the fighting. The Rebels triumphed after they managed to breach the defenses that the Imperials had created around the shuttle. The fighting was costly for both sides, with Ikova succumbing to her wounds and both Imperial officers dying. In the end, Organa's true colors were not revealed to the Empire. (Read more…)
Shintel was a planet located in the Shintel system of the Kathol sector, which was part of the Outer Rim Territories. A remote, muddy, and wet world, Shintel's only distinction was that it was the location of a supply depot established by Warlord Moff Kentor Sarne as part of his military forces. Commanded by veteran Imperial Army officer Colonel Heget, the depot was intended to be used by Sarne in the event that the Galactic Empire ever decided to attempt to reabsorb the Kathol sector.
In 8 ABY, following Sarne's defeat by New Republic forces at his capital, Kal'Shebbol, the Moff fell back to Shintel to strip the depot of its supplies, simultaneously stranding those members of his forces that were not personally loyal to him on the planet. Shortly thereafter, the New Republic CR90 corvette FarStar arrived in orbit, tracking Sarne. The commander of the FarStar, Captain Kaiya Adrimetrum, struck a deal with Colonel Heget to assist him in contacting outside help to rescue the marooned Imperial personnel in exchange for information on Sarne's likely destinations. (Read more…)
Gloyd was a male Houk officer in the navy of the Sith Empire, and later one of the top ranking members of the Lost Tribe of Sith. Gloyd was originally a member of a crew of brigands, who stumbled across the Sith Empire while searching for treasure in the Stygian Caldera. While most of his team did not survive their discovery, Gloyd's experience as a foot soldier and gunner made him useful to the Sith Empire, and he eventually became a gunnery officer in the Sith Navy. Gloyd served under Captain Yaru Korsin on the Sith dreadnaught Omen, and the two became lifelong friends. In 5,000 BBY, on a mining mission to a moon of the planet Phaegon III, the Omen was attacked by Jedi, causing the Omen to veer off course as it jumped to hyperspace and crash-land on the remote world of Kesh. After several harrowing nights trapped in the mountains, the Omen's crew made it to civilization, where they posed as the gods of the native Keshiri and took over the planet. Despite Gloyd's best efforts, no way off the planet could be found, and he instead served for years at the side of his friend Korsin, now Grand Lord of the Lost Tribe of Sith. In 4,975 BBY, Gloyd and Korsin were attacked by a force led by Yaru's wife Seelah, who wanted to avenge the death of her former husband Devore at Yaru's hands and to install her son Jariad as Grand Lord. Gloyd was killed during the fighting, setting off a proton detonator he had kept for the previous twenty-five years, instead of falling to his enemies. The explosion also gravely wounded Seelah, and her plot was soon foiled. (Read more…)
August 5 (Week 32), 2013 - Jace Dallin and CT-7719
The Human male Jace Dallin was a career military man from the planet Rendili with a deep love for the Galactic Republic. He served as an aide to Militarist Senator Ranulph Tarkin and as second-in-command of Tarkin's military, the Republic Outland Regions Security Force. In 44 BBY, Dallin was pulled into the Stark Hyperspace War when Tarkin decided to lead his fleet to a summit with the Stark Commercial Combine, a gang of pirates. The fleet was ambushed by Iaco Stark's forces in an attempted power grab, and Dallin barely made it to the surface of the planet Troiken. There, he joined forces with the Jedi delegation to Stark's summit and held out for several days from the security of an abandoned spice mine. Dallin led Tarkin's army against Stark's forces and developed a deep respect for the Jedi leader, Master Plo Koon. During the fighting, Dallin received a wound to his face. Without access to bacta, the wound left a large, distinctive facial scar.
Dallin survived the war, joining the Republic's Judicial Forces. After that service, he returned to his homeworld and entered the Rendili Home Defense Fleet, where he rose to command the entire fleet. In the final year of the Clone Wars, Rendili was taken by the Confederacy of Independent Systems, and Dallin faced the choice of following the orders of his homeworld's government, now a Separatist puppet, or defecting to the Republic he loved and against which he did not wish to fight. A delegation led by Koon arrived to negotiate with him—and if he would not surrender, to destroy Rendili's powerful fleet rather than let it fall into the hands of the enemy. When Dallin expressed his distaste for the Independent Provisional Government of Rendili, he and Koon were taken hostage in a mutiny led by Lieutenant Mellor Yago. A Jedi team stormed Dallin's flagship, freeing Dallin, who resumed command of the fleet and killed Yago in a gun battle on the bridge. Dallin joined the Republic, but his service was short-lived; shortly after the Declaration of a New Order, Darth Vader executed Dallin, ever loyal to the Jedi, for questioning the new Galactic Emperor's word that the Jedi were traitors. (Read more…)
CT-7719, nicknamed "Banks," was a clone trooper sergeant in the Grand Army of the Republic. When the Clone Wars broke out in 22 BBY, he joined millions of other clones in fighting for the Galactic Republic against the Confederacy of Independent Systems. His nickname was derived his unique skill of being able to see mathematical angles better than other clones, which resulted in an ability to "bank" blaster bolts off a surface and into his target.
In the first year of the war, Banks was sent on a mission to the planet Oznek, ostensibly to shut down a battle droid factory. The mission, however, was a plot by Republic Commander Griebs Kishpaugh and Banks's fellow clone, Ghost, to embroil the strategic planet and its native species, the Toma, in the war and allow both men to defect to the Confederacy. Throughout the mission, Banks lost his entire squad to both enemy droids and the treachery of Ghost; nevertheless, Banks managed to foil the plot, killing Ghost and arresting Kishpaugh. Though he was forced to face a tribunal following the mission, Banks was later reassigned under the command of Jedi General Bultar Swan. (Read more…)
August 12 (Week 33), 2013 - Seelah Korsin and Tarnis (Sith Lord)
Seelah Korsin was a Human female healer and miner who eventually rose to become one of the foremost leaders of the planet Kesh's Lost Tribe of Sith. Born a slave to Sith Lord Ludo Kressh on the planet Rhelg, Seelah escaped a life of servitude after the execution of her family. She fell in with a young Sith mineralogical corps member named Devore Korsin, whom she married—together they had a son, Jariad. In 5,000 BBY, the new Seelah Korsin joined her husband's mining crew on a mission to obtain valuable Lignan from the planet Phaegon III's largest moon, only for their ship, the Omen, to get knocked off-course as it jumped to hyperspace during a Jedi attack. The Omen violently crash-landed on the remote world of Kesh—Korsin survived the disaster along with Devore, Jariad, and her brother-in-law, Omen captain Yaru Korsin. The survivors made camp in the mountains, where after an attempt to usurp control of the group, Devore was killed in single combat by his brother Yaru. Aggrieved by her loss, Korsin dedicated the rest of her life to avenging the death of her husband. After several nights stranded in the mountains, the Sith made their way to local civilization, where they posed as the native Keshiri gods and took their place as rulers of the world.
Although determined to kill him, Korsin married Yaru Korsin in the coming years in order to secure the statuses of both herself and her young son in the new Sith organization known as the Lost Tribe—as part of the ploy, Korsin had a daughter, named Nida, with her sworn enemy. Korsin used her past experience as a battlefield medic and her skill with the Force to lead the Sith sick wards, pursuing a dream of physical perfection for all future members of the Lost Tribe. To that end, in 4,985 BBY Korsin engineered the purge of the entire contingent of Pureblood Sith on Kesh, framing their leader Ravilan Wroth for the deaths of thousands of Keshiri, then convincing Yaru that the Purebloods posed a threat and needed to be eliminated. As Jariad grew older, Korsin set him up to succeed Yaru as Grand Lord of the Lost Tribe. Finally, in 4,975 BBY, Korsin decided that it was time to strike. Along with Jariad and a group of Sith Saber warriors, Korsin ambushed Yaru in their mountain temple. However, the surprise entry of Nida and her Skyborn Rangers turned the tide, and though Yaru died in the battle, Jariad was killed along with the rest of Korsin's force. Korsin was gravely wounded when Yaru's Houk friend Gloyd detonated a proton detonator that brought down the room in which she was located, and subsequently lost the use of her legs. In accordance with Yaru's wishes, the new Grand Lord Nida Korsin ordered the withdrawal of the Lost Tribe from the temple, leaving Korsin to live out the rest of her days there alone. (Read more…)
Tarnis was a Human male Sith Lord of the resurgent Empire who lived during the Great Galactic War and the subsequent Cold War with the Republic. The son of the legendary Darth Angral, Tarnis was trained by his father's apprentice Lord Praven to the rank of Sith Lord before embarking on an undercover assignment not long after the Treaty of Coruscant ended the Great Galactic War. Posing as the Republic scientist Eli Tarnis, he infiltrated the Republic's superweapon projects and quickly became the head of the design team for the Planet Prison weapon on the Republic's capital Coruscant. While his initial purpose was to gather information from inside the Republic, Tarnis believed his cover was in danger in 3,643 BBY when the Jedi Master Bela Kiwiiks arrived on Coruscant to investigate a "dark presence" the Jedi Council had sensed on the capital. He made his move and attempted to steal the Planet Prison with the help of the criminal organizations known as the Migrant Merchants' Guild and Black Sun.
Staging his own kidnapping from the Senate Building after hiring a thief to steal the design files for the Planet Prison, Tarnis fled to the territory of the paramilitary Justicars' Brigade, but was pursued by a young Jedi Knight. Tarnis' true identity was uncovered by the Jedi Knight, working with the Republic Strategic Information Service, the Coruscant Security Force, and the Padawan Kira Carsen, and the Sith was followed to the ruins of the Jedi Temple, where the Knight and Carsen faced the Sith Lord in a duel in order to stop him from using the Planet Prison against Coruscant itself. Tarnis' death was witnessed via hologram by his father, who declared everlasting vengeance upon his son's killer and embarked on a crusade to gain revenge upon the Jedi. (Read more…)
August 19 (Week 34), 2013 – K1-1R and Fideltin Rusk
K1-1R was a military droid with a masculine persona who operated during the waning years of the Galactic Republic. While at one point he served a master, he later became independent and forged a career as a successful bounty hunter. During the Clone Wars, K1-1R joined forces with fellow bounty hunters Drokka and Shiana Trist to attempt to claim a large bounty that had been placed on the Heroes of Cularin, a group of freelance agents from the Cularin system. Trist and some droid drones controlled by K1-1R captured the agents inside a factory on the moon Nar Shaddaa, and the three hunters subsequently planned to freeze their captives in carbonite. However, when the agents broke free and attacked the bounty hunters, K1-1R was destroyed by blasterfire during the ensuing firefight. (Read more…)
Fideltin Rusk was a Chagrian male who served the Galactic Republic as a soldier in the Republic Military during the Great Galactic War, the Cold War, and the renewed war with the resurgent Sith Empire. Born in 3,680 BBY and raised by a colony of pacifists on Mindor, the Chagrian enlisted in the military as soon as possible and became devoted to defending those who could not defend themselves. He soon gained a reputation as a determined and skilled commander with years of experience against the Empire, criminals, and pirates across a wide range of battlefields. He was considered a pariah by his fellows because of his belief that soldiers were meant to be used regardless of the consequences.
During the tense Cold War with the Sith Empire, Sergeant Rusk was stationed with the 301st Infantry Division on the ice planet of Hoth, where he battled both the Empire and the White Maw pirate organization. Around 3,642 BBY, Rusk's unit was assigned to aid the Nautolan Jedi Leeha Narezz and the Jedi Knight known as the Hero of Tython in their mission to recover the plans for the Sith Emperor's space station. Together with the two Knights, Rusk and his squad fought both pirates and Imperials across the world's icy surface as they searched for the plans, and afterward the Sergeant was assigned to the Hero's crew on a permanent assignment. Rusk accompanied the Knight and the other members of the crew to the Emperor's station, but they were imprisoned for months when the Hero and the other members of the Jedi strike team were turned to the dark side and trained as Sith.
After the Emperor's Wrath, Lord Scourge, betrayed his Master to free the Hero and crew from the station, the Wrath revealed that the Emperor planned to consume all life in the galaxy as part of a dark ritual and joined the Jedi's crew in an effort to stop him. As the galaxy became consumed in renewed war, Rusk accompanied the Hero and the rest of the crew as they traveled to the planets Belsavis, Voss, and Corellia in order to stop the Emperor's agents from committing genocide and rescued the strike team members from their enemy's control. In a final showdown, Rusk and the rest of the crew fought the forces of the Empire on the Imperial capital of Dromund Kaas while the Hero and the astromech droid T7-O1 faced and defeated the Emperor in battle. Their mission completed, the six were awarded the prestigious Cross of Glory by Grand Master Satele Shan, and Rusk continued to travel the galaxy with the group and aid those in need during the conflict. (Read more…)
August 26 (Week 35), 2013 – Nida Korsin and Clone Z-95 starfighter
Nida Korsin was a Human female member of the planet Kesh's Lost Tribe of Sith who eventually became Grand Lord of the dark side order. Korsin was born the daughter of Grand Lord Yaru Korsin and his wife, Seelah, and was delivered into a unique family dynamic—Yaru had killed Seelah's previous husband several years before Korsin's birth, and Seelah married him in an effort to secure the futures of herself and her son, all while planning Yaru's downfall. While Seelah tried to suppress Korsin's training in the Sith ways, Korsin secretly learned the dark side through subterfuge by her father and was groomed to eventually succeed him. An avid uvak-rider, she was placed in charge of the Skyborn Rangers riding club, which also served as a military force in preparation for an anticipated armed uprising by Seelah and her son, Jariad. In 4,975 BBY, that finally came to pass. Although Yaru was fatally wounded in the battle, Korsin and her Skyborn Rangers turned the tide and crushed the coup attempt. Korsin subsequently became the new Grand Lord, ushering in an unprecedented golden age for the Lost Tribe. She died heirless in the year 4,896 BBY, after a seventy-nine-year reign, her passing ending the dynastic system of succession in the Lost Tribe. (Read more…)
The clone Z-95 starfighter, known more commonly as the clone Z-95 Headhunter or the Headhunter starfighter after its predecessor model, was a single-seater starfighter developed by the Galactic Republic for its clone trooper pilots during the Clone Wars. A variant of the popular Z-95 Headhunter, the clone Z-95 starfighter boasted speed and maneuverability on account of its sleek design. Jointly manufactured by Incom and Subpro Corporations, the Z-95 starfighter was equipped with recessed torpedo launchers and a pair of wingtip laser cannons. The model was specifically customized for the clone trooper pilots of the Republic Navy, who often cross-trained in the Z-95 and another Incom/Subpro product, the heavy-duty ARC-170 starfighter, due to the similarity of both starships' flight controls.
The Republic Navy employed the Z-95 starfighter in several capacities, including escort and starfighter combat against enemy forces from the Navy of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, particularly at the lengthy Battle of Umbara. A number of clone pilots such as Warthog, who flew a Z-95 during an assault on Kadavo, became adept in piloting the Z-95, in addition to other Republic combat craft. Squadrons of Z-95 starfighters also served with High Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi's fleet when it was attacked by Confederate General Grievous. (Read more…)
September 2 (Week 36), 2013 – Dagon Niriz and Noa Briqualon
Dagon Niriz was a fourth-generation navy officer, a captain in the Imperial Navy, and the commanding officer of the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer Admonitor in the years leading up to the Battle of Endor. A stalwart supporter of order and obedience in naval service, he took his position seriously.
When he was assigned to Grand Admiral Thrawn's mapping expedition in the Unknown Regions, he initially saw it as a blow to his career. However, after a test of Niriz's loyalty which caused the officer to doubt Thrawn's fitness for command but during which Niriz refused to participate in mutiny, Thrawn revealed the true nature of his mission. Thrawn, with Niriz and Voss Parck at his side, was in fact assigned to conquer the Unknown Regions for the Galactic Empire and secure it against the vast array of hidden threats within. Niriz took great pride in this cause, and continued to serve in the Unknown Regions, where Thrawn's holdings became the Empire of the Hand, even after Thrawn returned to the Empire after Emperor Palpatine's death. (Read more…)
Noa Briqualon was a Human male trader and mid-level scout who, after crashing his star cruiser on Endor, spent decades living as a hermit on the surface of the forested moon. The shipwreck occurred around the year 26 BBY, when Briqualon and his friend Salak Weet set out to chart the Moddell sector. When Weet left their crash site in search of a replacement for the ship's broken crystal oscillator, he was killed by a band of stranded Sanyassan Marauders; left to his own devices, Briqualon made a home for himself inside of a hollowed-out tree. With a furry Teek named Teek as his only companion, he spent years repairing the crashed cruiser, which remained grounded without a functioning oscillator.
In 3 ABY, Teek found the orphaned Human girl Cindel Towani and her Ewok friend Wicket Wystri Warrick, and welcomed them into Briqualon's home. The scout gruffly sent them away, but as the two children had no place to go, Briqualon reluctantly allowed them to sleep on his floor. He initially claimed that the invitation was for a single night, but on their third day with him, they followed him to the site of his star cruiser and prompted him to share his entire story. Briqualon grew protective of Towani and bonded with her in an almost grandfatherly way, and when she was kidnapped by the Sanyassan Marauders and taken to their castle stronghold the next morning, he immediately set out to rescue her.
Briqualon, Warrick, and Teek infiltrated the castle and rescued both Towani and a group of her Ewok friends. They also retrieved the crystal oscillator from Towani's own star cruiser, which the Marauders had stolen after killing the girl's family. Returning to the site of his crashed ship, Briqualon used the oscillator to power up the cruiser while the Ewoks held off the pursuing Marauders. He was forced to duel the sword-wielding Marauder King Terak with only a walking stick, but the fight ended when Terak was burned to death by the power of a magic ring he wore around his neck. With the star cruiser finally operational, Briqualon and Towani left Endor, and the old scout eventually retired in the galaxy's Mid Rim. (Read more…)
September 9 (Week 37), 2013 – Adari Vaal and Homeworld Security Command
Adari Vaal was a Keshiri female geologist who led a resistance movement against the Lost Tribe of Sith on the planet Kesh in the years after the Great Hyperspace War. A widow with two sons, in 5,000 BBY Vaal was vilified by the Keshiri public for teaching that the Keshiri landscape was created by volcanic eruptions, not by the gods as was commonly believed. Placed on trial for heresy by the Neshtovar ruling council, Vaal's home was besieged by angry mobs, forcing her to flee into the mountains. There, she stumbled upon a group of stranded Sith who had crash-landed on Kesh, led by their captain, Yaru Korsin. Korsin convinced Vaal to help them escape their dire predicament—Vaal acquiesced and led the Neshtovar to the Sith's mountain encampment. The Sith posed as the Keshiri gods known as the "Skyborn" and gained the complete allegiance of the Keshiri masses, while Vaal became an honored member of the new Sith government. Forging a close relationship with Korsin, Vaal became known as the Daughter of the Skyborn and served as a liaison between the new Lost Tribe of Sith and their Keshiri subjects.
However, all that changed in 4,987 BBY when Vaal's son Finn was killed in an accident while working for the Sith, and Korsin failed to save his life. A new opposition to the Lost Tribe regime awoke in Vaal, and she became the leader of a covert resistance group dedicated to bringing down the Lost Tribe's rule. The resistance worked in secret for a dozen years, and in 4,975 BBY Vaal decided it was time to strike. She formulated a plan of attack that would ensure her own death, as she and thousands of other riders would sacrifice the avian uvak beasts that were essential for the Tribe's hold over Kesh, setting up an armed uprising. However, when zero hour came, the number of riders was much lower than expected—Vaal's son Tona, who was privy to the plan, had fallen for Korsin's daughter Nida and had divulged the details of the plot. Vaal gravely soldiered on with her plan, but instead of leading the uvak to a watery grave, she instead ended up with about 300 surviving riders on an uninhabited island far off the coast. From there, she eventually made her way across the ocean to the previously-unknown continent of Alanciar, where she spent her final days. Vaal, who became known there as the Rock of Kesh or as The Herald, went on to be a respected author and leader in Alanciar, who warned of the Sith threat across the sea. (Read more…)
Homeworld Security Command, or simply Homeworld Security, was a branch of the Galactic Republic government charged with ensuring the security of the capital planet Coruscant. This task included coordinating security patrols and managing orbital security stations with military forces, as well as keeping them on alert for security threats to Coruscant. During the Clone Wars between the Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, the clone shock troopers of the Coruscant Guard were assigned to Homeworld Security to enforce tightening security measures. Stationed outside public gathering areas such as theaters, hotels, government buildings and other areas of vital infrastructure, the shock troopers were given wide powers to stop and search beings, their belongings, and private residences. Although most citizens of Coruscant saw no issue with the measures, certain Senators such as Bail Organa did. Recognizing that the shock troopers were simply responding to their training, Organa still saw the actions of the troopers as another method for Supreme Chancellor Palpatine to grab power. Despite the increase in security, Homeworld Security was still caught off guard when General Grievous of the Seperatists attacked Coruscant and kidnapped Chancellor Palpatine. With the Declaration of a New Order establishing the Galactic Empire, shock troopers were stationed in the Senate Building and Republic Executive Building to ensure a smooth transition of government. (Read more…)
September 16 (Week 38), 2013 – Mission to Coruscant (Desolator crisis) and Unidentified Dulok (X)
During the Cold War between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire, a young Jedi Knight—the former apprentice of Jedi Master Orgus Din—was sent on a mission to the Republic capital of Coruscant to investigate a dark presence there. Accompanied by the astromech droid T7-O1, who had helped the young Jedi put a stop to the recent Flesh Raider uprising on the Jedi Order's homeworld of Tython, the Knight worked with the Republic Strategic Information Service and the Coruscant Security Force to stop the Sith Lord Tarnis from activating the Planet Prison superweapon.
After a gang of thieves stole the design files for the Planet Prison from a military warehouse on Coruscant, the Strategic Information Service tracked the thieves back to the criminal organization known as the Migrant Merchants' Guild. The newly-arrived Jedi Knight and T7-O1 were immediately sent to recover the files, but Doctor Eli Tarnis—the Planet Prison's designer and secretly a Sith Lord who had been undercover as a Republic scientist—orchestrated his own kidnapping by his allies in the Black Sun criminal syndicate so that he could proceed with his plans.
Chasing the kidnappers to the Coruscant Spaceport, the Padawan Kira Carsen and the CSF were aided by the Knight in retaking the hangar where the criminals were holed up, and discovered that the kidnappers were actually a decoy. Tarnis had retreated to the territory of the paramilitary Justicars' Brigade, but the Jedi unknowingly followed another false lead into Black Sun Territory in a vain attempt to rescue the scientist. After staging a successful assault on the syndicate's headquarters with the help of an elite CSF team, the Knight failed to find Tarnis—but instead discovered Tarnis' true identity and his plans for the Planet Prison.
As the Republic scrambled to secure their other jeopardized weapon projects from the Empire, Carsen and the Knight tracked Tarnis to the Justicar's Sector, only to find that he had murdered the Planet Prison design team and stolen the superweapon after tricking them into bringing it to him. With the help of a dying scientist, the two Jedi traced the Planet Prison's signal to the ruins of the Jedi Temple, and they confronted the Sith Lord in the depths of the damaged edifice. Tarnis, who revealed his identity as the son of the Sith Lord Darth Angral, battled the pair in a fierce duel before holograms of his father and Angral's apprentices as the Planet Prison inched ever closer to activation. To Angral's fury, the duel ended with the death of Tarnis at the hands of the Knight, and the Sith Lord would embark on a crusade of vengeance against the entire Republic in response. (Read more…)
One male member of King Gorneesh's tribe of Duloks on the Forest Moon of Endor was distinguished from his green-furred brethren by a yellow X that adorned his belly and chest, as well as by a white cloth that he often tied around his head. As a scout, warrior, and hunter for his tribe, the Dulok undertook several missions for Gorneesh in 3 ABY, a period of war with the Ewoks of Bright Tree Village, a settlement located not far from the Dulok Swamp. During these expeditions, the X-marked Dulok was often accompanied by counterparts with their own distinctive body decorations, such as one with a diamond shape and another with arrow shapes. Most frequently, however, he was paired with a Dulok who had an O on his torso.
The X-marked Dulok was a typical member of his species: conscious of personal status, disdainful of perceived inferiors, and callous toward Ewoks and wildlife. However, he respected King Gorneesh—most of the time—and conducted several missions for the Dulok ruler. During one outing, the Dulok accompanied his O-marked partner and the Dulok shaman, Umwak, to gather ingredients for a magic potion, an endeavor that allowed them to spy on Ewoks and hatch a plot to steal their soap. On another occasion, the X-marked Dulok helped care for Nahkee, an infant Phlog entrusted to the Duloks by Morag, the Tulgah witch. Later, he and his O-emblazoned counterpart kidnapped the Ewok Latara to babysit Gorneesh's children. The Dulok accompanied his tribe aboard the Ewok battle wagon in an attack on the Ewoks' Soul Trees, and he participated in two winter hunting expeditions during which he was haunted by an entity known to the Duloks as the Red Ghost. (Read more…)
September 23 (Week 39), 2013 – Unidentified Imperial commander (Blockade of Kashyyyk) and Sakiyan
A Human male commander in the Galactic Empire's military helped enforce martial law on the planet Kashyyyk during an Imperial blockade of the world during the Life Day holiday of 1.5 ABY. Leading a team of two stormtroopers and a technician, the Commander entered residences of the planet's native Wookiees and searched for ties to the Rebel Alliance. When the Imperials arrived at the house of the Alliance hero Chewbacca, who was away from home, they harassed Chewbacca's family while awaiting his return, yet remaining ignorant of his identity. After dismissing the trader Saun Dann from the house; threatening Chewbacca's wife, Mallatobuck, with harm; and overseeing a search of the residence; the Commander finally departed when Chewbacca's son Lumpawarrump covertly used a mini-transmitter to broadcast a "return to base" signal to the officer's comlink. Suspecting that their missing Wookiee was indeed a Rebel, the Commander left stormtrooper B4711 at the house to await Chewbacca's return. (Read more…)
The Sakiyans were a humanoid sentient species whose anatomy featured slit-pupils, pointed ears, and hairless skin that varied in shade from pale to jet black. Until the rise of the Galactic Empire, xenobiologists had differing opinions as to whether Sakiyans should be classified as near-Human. However, internally, the species was vastly different from Humans and related species. The Sakiyan brain was nearly twice the size of its Human equivalent, and the portions devoted to sensory input and processing were superior even to those in the brain of the Bith species. Sakiyans had incredible vision that extended into the infrared spectrum, as well as highly acute and motion-sensitive peripheral vision. Sakiyan aural and olfactory senses were considered nearly supernatural by other species, as they allowed a Sakiyan to track and detect days-old odors and faint noises. The species' musculature granted them 150 percent of the strength of a Human of equivalent size. Sakiyan Force-users were rare.
The species evolved from predatory animals on the planet Saki in Hutt Space. Such ancestry endowed them with a love for the thrill and glory of hunting. Because of this, Sakiyans were often employed as assassins and bounty hunters. Sakiyans had a poor sense of humor and disliked being proven wrong. Honor was exceedingly important to members of the species, and they divided it into distinct types such as monthræl—personal honor—and yithræl—pride honor. After suffering personal dishonor, a Sakiyan's family and descendants were dishonored as well. However, a family member could lift the dishonor from the clan name through glory-bringing acts. Sakiyans tended to place the interests of themselves and their communities above those of others, and they were cautious in their dealings with other species, in part due to a succession of alien invasions of their homeworld. Members of the pale-skinned subspecies were treated as outcasts in Sakiyan society. Along with the Riileb, the Sakiyans were one of the few Hutt Space species to resist conquest and invasion by the Hutts. However, the Sakiyans did fall into an economic dependence on their galactic gastropod neighbors when the Hutts took controlling interests in Sakiyan technology companies that specialized in repulsorlift engineering. The Sakiyans established colonies on worlds such as Sakidopa, Sakiduba, and Sakifwanna. (Read more…)
September 30 (Week 40), 2013 – Kebbo and Tan Divo
Kebbo was a Rodian male who served as the Chief Magistrate of the Pembric Security Legion in 8 ABY. A career criminal, Kebbo was also a member of crime lord Crev Bombaasa's cartel on the planet Pembric II in the Kathol sector of the Outer Rim Territories, and the Security Legion operated in the cartel's best interests. In 8 ABY, Imperial warlord Moff Kentor Sarne was removed from power in the sector by the New Republic. Bombaasa moved to take control of Pembric II, establishing a puppet government that proclaimed pro-Imperial loyalties to deter New Republic overtures. Kebbo, in his role as head of the Security Legion, enforced Bombaasa's will, arranging for the crime lord's enemies to be detained and keeping the population under control by denying them the right to travel off-world by making it expensive to leave.
The same year, Kebbo and Security Legionnaires under his command encountered an undercover landing party from the New Republic CR90 corvette FarStar when they landed on the planet seeking Breslin Drake, the manager of the ThrusterBurn Tapcafe. The Rodian was aware of the party's allegiance, information that had been provided to him by Bombaasa, and had been sent to ascertain their intentions while on-planet. He later escorted the delegation to a meeting with Bombaasa himself, where he unsuccessfully attempted to arrest them under suspicion of obtaining transit visas without paying for them. (Read more…)
Tan Divo was a Human male police inspector in the Coruscant Security Force during the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Though somewhat arrogant, Divo was good at his job which allowed him to climb in the CSF hierarchy, attaining the rank of lieutenant by c. 22 BBY. Divo was assigned to several notable cases including the kidnapping of the two daughters of Pantoran Chairman Papanoida. Though Divo made assurances of his ultimate success in the investigation, his team missed blood on the bottom of Papanoida's Icon of the Moon Goddess during a scan of the Chairman's apartment on the planet Coruscant. This prevented Divo from receiving a vital clue to the identity of the kidnappers, and the case from Divo's perspective went cold.
Divo was also called to investigate the death of Senator Onaconda Farr. Relying on his instincts as an investigator, Divo rejected Senator Padmé Amidala's opinions as to the cause of Farr's death, concluding that Farr had been poisoned. Divo's dismissal led her to pursue a separate investigation with the assistance of Senator Bail Organa. After an attempt on the lives of Amidala and Organa at the Coruscant docks, the body of Senator Mee Deechi was discovered in his office, and Divo opened a second investigation into Deechi's homicide. Divo was able to gather evidence in both cases and further his investigations. Throughout the affair, Divo had little regard for politics and was frustrated by Amidala's constant meddling. After Lolo Purs, Farr's assistant, accused Senator Halle Burtoni of Kamino of attacking her and as Farr had been killed with a Kaminoan-engineered poison, Divo arrested Burtoni for the murders. However, the killer was revealed to be Lolo Purs herself. After intervention by Divo and Amidala, Purs was taken into custody. Purs' reasons for the murder confirmed Divo's original theory: that the Senator had been killed due to his past. (Read more…)
October 7 (Week 41), 2013 – Sanyassan and Unidentified Imperial officer (Avenger)
The Sanyassans were a reptilian, humanoid species from the stormy world of Sanyassa IV, located in the Inner Zuma Region. They had ape-like faces, scaly skin, and a tall stature that averaged two meters in height. They engaged in piracy as the scourge of their native Moddell sector since ancient times. In the wider galaxy, the sentients had the reputation of being fierce fighters with short tempers and minimal intelligence. They were sometimes employed as bodyguards or mercenaries, and at least one of them, Tun-Badon, pledged allegiance to a Sith Lord. When the Shi'ido anthropologist Mammon Hoole wrote his Essential Guide to Alien Species at the height of the New Republic, little was known about the Sanyassans, despite their occasional and discreet presence in broader galactic affairs. At the time, the whole species was simply referred to as "Marauders" by most scientists, and few knew of their home planet.
On their homeworld, the Sanyassans had only achieved feudal-level technology by the time of the Galactic Civil War, having at least developed a writing system. However, in the distant past, they had been a more advanced civilization, before the Din supernova turned into a pulsar around 5,000 BBY. According to the neighboring Ayrou species, that event may have drastically altered the Sanyassans' way of life. Following the cataclysm, they established a complex social hierarchy, in which pecking order was determined by might. Like the rest of the Moddell sector, the people of Sanyassa IV were excluded from galactic politics for most of their history.
In the first century before the Galactic Civil War, a large group of Sanyassan criminals known as the Marauders crash-landed in the forests of the moon of Endor. As they were unable to get off the moon, the Sanyassan Marauders established a colony in the Dragon's Pelt savanna, under the leadership of King Terak. In 3 ABY, the Sanyassans of Endor suffered a terrible defeat against the native Ewoks, and their numbers decreased over the years. When the New Republic was established, the government's scouts who were sent to the forest moon found no trace of them. (Read more…)
A Human male served in the Imperial Navy during the Galactic Civil War, and was an officer by 3 ABY. That year, he was Captain Lorth Needa's first officer aboard the Imperial II-class Star Destroyer Avenger, attached to the Imperial Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader's personal Star Destroyer fleet Death Squadron. At that time, the Avenger aided Death Squadron's galaxy-wide search for the Alliance to Restore the Republic's headquarters, which led to the discovery of a hidden base on the planet Hoth. Following the subsequent Battle of Hoth, the Avenger took part in the pursuit of the YT-1300 light freighter Millennium Falcon from the Hoth system. When the pursuit led to the Anoat system, the Imperial officer stood alongside Needa at the viewport of the Avenger's command bridge. After the Falcon seemingly disappeared from the Avenger's sight, Needa requested the officer prepare his TIE/sh shuttle to take him to Darth Vader's flagship, the Executor-class Star Dreadnought Executor, where the Captain would personally apologize to the Sith Lord for his failure. (Read more…)
October 14 (Week 42), 2013 – Heget and Bec Lawise
Colonel Heget was a Human male Imperial Army officer who served the Galactic Empire during the Galactic Civil War. A capable commander and instructor, Heget was a loyal devotee of Emperor Palpatine's New Order. However, he became disillusioned with the constant infighting and political backstabbing that permeated the Empire and sought to remove himself from it by transferring to the remote Kathol sector under Moff Kentor Sarne. Sarne, however, declared himself a warlord following the death of Palpatine at the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY and fostered a personality cult amongst his forces, in which loyalty to him was rewarded over loyalty to the Empire. Heget refused to play Sarne's games and was rewarded by being posted to command Imperial Depot 4290-1 on the backwater planet Shintel. There, he trained his allotted personnel into a fighting unit.
In 8 ABY, Sarne was evicted from his capital on Kal'Shebbol by the New Republic. Falling back to Shintel, Sarne took everything of value from the depot and stranded Heget and his troops on the planet by destroying the hyperdrives on all the base's starships. Shortly thereafter, the New Republic CR90 corvette FarStar arrived in orbit in pursuit of Sarne. Heget offered its crew a deal to help him contact Imperial authorities in exchange for information on Sarne's possible destinations. (Read more…)
Senator Bec Lawise was a Siniteen male who served as the Separatist Congress Leader of the Separatist Parliament during the Clone Wars. A vocal supporter of Count Dooku and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, Lawise maintained a leadership role in the Parliament, presiding over congress sessions on Raxus alongside Dooku, the Head of State. Lawise was present when Senator Mina Bonteri secured the passage of a bill to open peace negotiations with the Galactic Republic, a move that ultimately resulted in the derailment of the proposal and her murder, both due to Dooku's machinations. Lawise later served on a three-member Parliament delegation at a peace conference on Mandalore, where they met with Republic representatives to pursue a diplomatic end to the war. The deliberations were interrupted by Mina Bonteri's son, Lux, who publicly accused Dooku of assassinating his mother and led Lawise to have the delegation's security droids arrest the young man. (Read more…)
October 21 (Week 43), 2013 – Bulwark Mark III and Jariad Korsin
The Bulwark Mark III, also known as the Bulwark-class battle cruiser, was a massive warship manufactured by TransGalMeg Industries using an old Techno Union battleship model from the Clone Wars as a design basis. Outfitted with an extensive offensive arsenal, shielding, and carrying capacity, the 2,500-meter-long Bulwark Mark III was well suited for large-scale operations. During the Galactic Civil War, the Bulwark was one of the more heavily armored and durable vessels used by the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Later, in 25 ABY, during the Yuuzhan Vong War, the New Republic employed several Bulwarks in an operation to help evacuate citizens from the beleaguered planet Rychel, which had fallen under Yuuzhan Vong attack, and again during a blockade to defend the planet Shramar from Vong invasion. (Read more…)
Jariad Korsin was a male Human High Lord of the planet Kesh's Lost Tribe of Sith in the years following the Great Hyperspace War. The son of Sith mineralogical corps members Devore and Seelah Korsin, Korsin was just an infant on board the Sith dreadnaught Omen when it crashed on the remote, isolated world of Kesh after a Jedi attack at the height of the Great Hyperspace War. Korsin survived the disaster along with his parents, though soon after the crash Devore died at the hands of his brother, Omen captain Yaru Korsin, after an attempted power grab. The survivors soon took dominion over the planet's Keshiri natives and established the Lost Tribe of Sith, with Yaru at its head. Although Korsin's mother married Yaru in an effort to secure Korsin's future, she never lost a burning hatred of the former naval captain for Devore's death, and raised Korsin to share that fury.
Together, Korsin and his mother plotted for years to wreak their vengeance upon Yaru and install Korsin as the new Grand Lord of the Lost Tribe. In the meantime, Korsin became an extremely prominent figure in Keshiri society, using political flair and savvy to establish himself as a popular choice for future Grand Lordship, and using his superior lightsaber skills to lead the Sith Saber honor detail—which he secretly trained as a strike force in anticipation of his and Seelah's uprising. In 4,975 BBY, they finally decided it was time to strike. Attacking the now-aged Yaru near the mountain-based Kesh Sith Temple, Korsin and his Sith Sabers gained the upper hand and severely wounded the Grand Lord. However, the timely arrival of Korsin's half-sister Nida and her uvak-riding Skyborn Rangers, fighting on Yaru's side, turned the tide of the battle, and Korsin eventually died in combat. (Read more…)
October 28 (Week 44), 2013 – Battle of Dathomir (Clone Wars) and Warthog
The Battle of Dathomir was an engagement around 21 BBY, the second year of the Clone Wars, that resulted in the annihilation of the Nightsisters of Dathomir. Seeking revenge for a previous assassination attempt concocted by his former agent Asajj Ventress and Mother Talzin of the Nightsisters, Count Dooku sanctioned an invasion of Dathomir to eliminate the entire clan of witches. General Grievous led the Separatist Droid Army's assault, bringing a full fleet from the Confederate Navy to strike at Dathomir. After ordering a bombing run to dislodge the Nightsisters from their fortress, Grievous landed with his battle droid troops and dispatched them to besiege the witches' village. Undeterred, Ventress led her fellow warriors on an offensive against the droids, pushing through the jungles to Grievous's position. After the elder witch Daka resurrected the fallen sisters of the Army of the Dead, Ventress took her undead reinforcements to obliterate a Defoliator Deployment Tank sent in by Grievous, then headed directly for the droid landing site.Arriving at the Separatist landing craft, Ventress challenged Grievous to single lightsaber combat, naming total victory in the battle as the prize. Although nearly defeated in the ensuing duel, Grievous had his battle droids attack Ventress and her army, with the Nightsister retreating from the battlefield after being injured by blaster fire. Meanwhile, Talzin used voodoo magic to set a plague upon Dooku, who was monitoring the battle from his palace on Serenno, to pressure him into calling off his attack. With Dooku unable to defend himself from Talzin's magic, Grievous was ordered to target Talzin instead of Ventress, and he personally led his troops to the Nightsister village's Hidden Cave. Talzin relinquished her magic before escaping, but Grievous's murder of Daka terminated the spell sustaining the Army of the Dead. Without the aid of their zombie sisters, the remaining Nightsisters were outnumbered and massacred. Only Talzin and Ventress evaded slaughter, with the latter leaving the ravaged Dathomir to pursue a newly foretold destiny. (Read more…)
"Warthog" was the nickname of a veteran clone trooper pilot who served in the Republic Navy's Hunter Squadron during the Clone Wars, often as the wingman to Jedi General Plo Koon. Born on Kamino, Warthog became a skilled starfighter pilot and joined his clone trooper brethren in a number of engagements against the Confederacy of Independent Systems. He became good friends with fellow pilot Tracer, who served as the tail gunner for his BTL-B Y-wing starfighter during their service in Hunter Squadron. Warthog piloted his Y-wing during an assault on the planet Gwori around 22 BBY, serving under Jedi Masters Koon and Saesee Tiin to cripple Gwori's Separatist shipyards. Although the mission was a success, Warthog lost Tracer to enemy fire from a Vulture droid starfighter while withdrawing from Gwori. At the First Battle of Felucia, Warthog flew a V-19 Torrent starfighter, working with Koon to provide starfighter cover for a convoy of LAAT/i gunships. Warthog and Koon safely escorted the gunships to the surface of Felucia, where they rescued a Republic battle group that had been overrun by the Separatist Droid Army.
Besides serving in Hunter Squadron, Warthog was often attached to Clone Commander CC-3636's 104th Battalion, providing aerial support or piloting one of the unit's gunships. The latter was the case circa 21 BBY during a supply mission to Aleen, where Warthog ferried 104th troops and relief supplies. Flying a nimble clone Z-95 starfighter, Warthog joined Koon in leading a starfighter assault on a slave processing facility on Kadavo, where a number of Togruta colonists had been enslaved by the Separatist-allied Zygerrian Slave Empire. Warthog and his Wolfpack pilots eliminated the Zygerrians' HH-87 Starhoppers and turbolaser defenses so that Admiral Coburn could retrieve the Togrutas with a light cruiser. (Read more…)
November 4 (Week 45), 2013 – Dorjander Kace and Second Battle of Felucia
Dorjander Kace was a male Human Jedi Master who was captured by the Mandalorian Crusaders during the Great Sith War and spent the remainder of the war in captivity. There, he fell in love with a Mandalorian named Varda. The two were expecting a child, but Varda fell victim to a Republic bombing attack launched by a Jedi. Kace was deeply pained by the loss, but after the conclusion of the war, he still returned to the Jedi Order and served with distinction, earning himself a seat on the Jedi High Council. When the Mandalorian Wars broke out and Jedi Knight Revan started vouching for the Jedi Order's involvement in the conflict, Kace was firmly against the proposal, but the Council eventually approved Revan's participation and Kace was forced to step down from the Council. Convinced that the Republic was corrupt beyond redemption, Kace was certain in the inevitability of the Mandalorian victory. He believed that with the guidance of the Jedi Order, the Mandalorians' rule over the galaxy would be a better alternative to the Republic.
Gathering a group of like-minded Jedi Knights around him, Kace formed a faction called the Mandalorian Knights and secretly defected to the Mandalorian side. He sought to help his new allies by providing them with their own Jedi Knights. In order to do so, Kace developed a plan to infiltrate the Jedi Enclave on the planet Dantooine. Leading a Republic military unit called the Phaeda militia in an assault on the planet Essien, Kace managed to trick Captain Dallan Morvis and the troops under his command to leave their ship, the Axehead frigate Reciprocity, without guard. Seizing the frigate and forcing the Phaeda militia to serve under his command, Kace proceeded to capture a transmitter station on the planet Halthor. Having received reinforcements from Mandalore consisting of three fully crewed Kandosii-type dreadnaughts, Kace prepared to attack Phaeda itself. However, he found out that among the members of the militia was the former Jedi Padawan Zayne Carrick, a native of Phaeda who was well-known for his talents for subterfuge. Kace gave Carrick a chance to save his homeworld, and the latter came up with a plan to capture Phaedacomm, a space station located near Phaeda. The seizure of Phaedacomm effectively cut off all communications that Dantooine had with the Republic. Kace hoped to use that to his advantage by arriving to the planet on the Reciprocity, with the dreadnaughts following suit.Kace proceeded with his plan, using the Reciprocity to reach the Jedi Enclave. There, he locked down the academy staff and prepared to take the Jedi Trainees off-world on the dreadnaughts. However, his plans were foiled by Carrick and the Phaeda militia, who had managed to hijack one of the dreadnaughts, the Parjai. Disguised as Mandalorians, they arrived on Dantooine and successfully took away the Jedi children from Kace. The founder of the Mandalorian Knights refused to surrender and dueled Carrick inside the Enclave. Kace eventually stood down when his obsession nearly drove him to kill one of his own soldiers, the technician Koblus Sornell, who was expecting a child. Reminded of Varda, Kace released the captured Enclave staff and surrendered himself to Jedi Master Zhar Lestin. He was subsequently taken to the galactic capital of Coruscant, where he and the Mandalorian Knights faced public trial for treason against the Republic. Even during the process, Kace stood firm in his beliefs and used the opportunity to present his cause to the crowd at the process.(Read more…)
The Second Battle of Felucia occurred around 21 BBY during the Clone Wars, when forces from the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems clashed over control of the planet Felucia. Having been forced into a retreat at the previous First Battle of Felucia, the Republic re-established a presence there thanks to the efforts of Jedi General Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan, Commander Ahsoka Tano, who led their clone troopers from the Grand Army of the Republic on an offensive into Separatist-held territory. In retaliation, General Grievous supplied one of his outposts on Felucia with reinforcements from the Separatist Droid Army to secure the system for the Confederacy. Responding to the arrival of the battle droid detachment, Skywalker, Tano, and Jedi Master Plo Koon targeted the enemy outpost with a three-pronged assault, each leading a squad of troopers to divide the Separatist defenses.
Supported by heavy artillery tanks situated on an adjacent ridge, the Jedi and clones were able to secure the base from T-series tactical droid TZ-33, eliminating all of the droid forces there. However, Tano was captured during the fighting by a group of Trandoshan hunters, who brought her to the moon Wasskah to be hunted for sport. Skywalker and Koon withdrew from Felucia the following day. (Read more…)
November 11 (Week 46), 2013 – Hand of Judgment and Mitth'ras'safis
The Hand of Judgment was a group of five stormtrooper deserters who performed multiple vigilante operations across the Empire in the months following the Battle of Yavin. They left their post aboard the Imperial-class Star Destroyer Reprisal after the leader of the group, Daric LaRone, killed Major Drelfin of the Imperial Security Bureau. The Major had threatened LaRone after accusing him of insubordination during a mission to the planet Teardrop and LaRone was forced to kill the Major in self-defense. The four witnesses to the event—Korlo Brightwater, Taxtro Grave, Saberan Marcross and Joak Quiller—decided to desert with their friend as they feared the ISB would severely punish them for doing nothing to save the Major. They were able to steal a modified Suwantek TL-1800 freighter, the Gillia, which was outfitted with a substantial amount of military supplies and weaponry. Hoping to avoid capture by the ISB, the group traveled to Drunost, a planet controlled by Consolidated Shipping—where they encountered and destroyed a swoop gang which was attacking a group of farmers, who in truth were Rebel smugglers—and to Janusar city on Ranklinge, where they removed the corrupt Patroller Chief Cav'Saran from power.
They first went by the name "Hand of Judgment" when on Ranklinge, when LaRone—who had been chosen to be the group's spokesman—was unable to come up with an authentic-sounding fake operating number. From Cav'Saran's files the stormtroopers discovered a connection to the BloodScar pirates, who had been recruiting other illegal groups in the Shelsha sector, and who were also involved with the swoop gang they had destroyed earlier. They returned to Drunost, where they encountered Han Solo and Luke Skywalker—two Rebels who were there to learn more about the fight between the five stormtroopers and the swoop gang, when the Hand of Judgment had inadvertently rescued Rebel smugglers. Together with Solo and Skywalker, who were also interested in tracking the pirates, the Hand of Judgment headed to the BloodScar's base on the mining planet Gepparin, where they found a link between the pirates and Barshnis Choard, the governor of the Shelsha sector. They followed the lead to Shelkonwa, where the crew of the YT-1300 light freighter Millennium Falcon—Solo, Skywalker and Solo's Wookiee co-pilot Chewbacca—also wanted to go as they had a friend who had gotten into trouble on the capital, Makrin City.
Leaving the Rebels to search for their friend, the Hand of Judgment went to help a downed ship which had landed near them and encountered an Imperial agent, Mara Jade. They helped her stop a stolen AT-ST which had been put on autopilot by a pirate. After the fight, Jade protected LaRone and his companions when they were questioned by a member of the 501st Legion, but demanded their help as a return favor in infiltrating the governor's palace—Jade had a reason to believe Governor Choard was a traitor to the Empire. The group got into the palace and the Hand of Judgment arrested the Governor to stand trial for his treason. While separated from the stormtroopers, Jade had heard about a group of five stormtrooper deserters and realized that they were the Hand of Judgment, but when Darth Vader questioned the group, she covered them again, claiming they belonged to her. After hearing the truth about the Hand of Judgment and why they had deserted, Jade decided to let them go while she investigated the matter.
For the next two months the Hand of Judgment traveled from one place to another continuing their vigilante activities. When Jade got another mission which involved infiltrating the governmental palace on Poln Major—according to her information Governor Bidor Ferrouz of the Poln system was planning to defect to Rebellion—she decided to employ the Hand of Judgment again. When Jade found out that the Governor had been coerced to co-operate with the Rebels—his family had been abducted under the orders of warlord Nuso Esva—the Hand of Judgment took him under protective custody while she went after the kidnappers. With help from a group of alien refugees identifying themselves as the Troukree, led by their spokesman called Vaantaar they had met in the capital of Poln Major, Whitestone City, the stormtroopers were able to ward off the attacks on the Governor's life by Nuso Esva's followers. When the Governor and his family had been secured, Vaantaar took the Hand of Judgment to meet his master aboard the Imperial Star Destroyer Admonitor. Senior Captain Thrawn was interested in having LaRone and his companions under his command in his shadow Empire in the Unknown Regions. He wanted them to train a new group of stormtroopers where aliens would also be welcomed, and in the end the Hand of Judgment accepted the offer and named their new unit the 501st Legion. (Read more…)
Mitth'ras'safis, also known by his core name Thrass, was a member of the Mitth family, the Eighth Ruling Family of the Chiss Ascendancy, and was the brother of Mitth'raw'nuruodo, whose core name was Thrawn. Like his brother, Mitth'ras'safis was born as a commoner but was adopted into the Eighth ruling family and granted the title of Syndic. Despite being devoted to his brother, Thrass did not accept all the things that Thrawn did in the name of protecting the Chiss, including Thrawn's agenda against the Vagaari, a species of nomadic slavers. He also saw some of Thrawn's actions as harmful to their family—even spying on his brother and reporting back to Admiral Ar'alani of the Chiss Expansionary Defense Force.
After the Battle of Outbound Flight—fought between a Galactic Republic colony ship carrying an expedition attempting to travel beyond the galaxy, a Vagaari war fleet, and Thrawn's Picket Force Two—Thrass' and Thrawn's Human friend Jorj Car'das discovered a group of survivors on board while attempting to prevent the ship and its technology from falling into the hands of Aristocra Chaf'orm'bintrano and the Fifth Ruling Family. While Car'das stayed behind, Thrass and Lorana Jinzler, the last surviving Jedi of the expedition, flew the Outbound Flight into the Redoubt—a star cluster at the edge of Chiss space—to hide it there. Thrass and Jinzler gave their lives to protect the remaining passengers of the Outbound Flight when they crash-landed the ship on one of the small planetoids in the cluster. About fifty years later, his remains were discovered by New Republic Jedi Master Luke Skywalker and his wife Mara Jade Skywalker, when they visited the colony created by the Outbound Flight survivors and their offspring. (Read more…)
November 18 (Week 47), 2013 – Attack on Obi-Wan Kenobi's fleet and Guineo
General Grievous of the Confederacy of Independent Systems attacked a Republic Navy fleet under the command of his longtime enemy, High Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi, around the third year of the Clone Wars. Launching a surprise assault on Kenobi's three-cruiser fleet in space, Grievous's armada gained a swift advantage, with the Confederate Navy battleships and droid starfighters summarily eliminating the Republic Star Destroyers and their outmatched starfighter squadrons. When Grievous arrived with a boarding party of battle droids aboard the Star Destroyer Negotiator, Kenobi mounted a defense of his flagship's main hangar with Marshal Commander CC-2224, nicknamed "Cody," and their clone troopers from the 212th Attack Battalion. Yet Kenobi was unable to defeat Grievous in lightsaber combat and ordered all troop personnel to evacuate from the Negotiator, which he conceded to Grievous's control.
Before jettisoning from the Negotiator aboard escape pods with Commander Cody and their men, Kenobi activated his crippled flagship's self-destruct sequence, forcing Grievous to abandon the ship aboard a shuttle before he could plunder the military intelligence stored in its computer databanks. The destruction of Kenobi's fleet prevented him from sending Cody to aid Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano, who had been captured by Captain Hondo Ohnaka and his pirates while overseeing a training mission with a class of Jedi Initiates. (Read more…)
The Guineo were a bipedal, sentient species indigenous to the planet of Dohlban, where they were often used for manual labor. Typically, members of the species were tall and powerfully built. Guineo, however, were not very intelligent and lacked the ability to make complicated decisions, a condition that relegated many Guineo to very basic jobs. Many members of the species were hired off-world by criminal organizations. Among these groups was Haugg Nerf Industries, which was located in the Industrial District on the galactic capital planet of Coruscant. Several Guineo worked at the company, a nerf-meat packing plant that was used as a cover for transporting hallucinogenic death sticks from the crime lord Sebolto on the planet Malastare so that they could be sold on Coruscant. Among the Guineo working at Haugg Nerf Industries were Yol Areebi, J'Meeb Gumb, and Panza Hondi. (Read more…)
November 25 (Week 48), 2013 – Separatist supply ship and Tona Vaal
The Separatist supply ship, also known as the Separatist support ship or the Separatist transport, was a massive transport and supply ship utilized by the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars. Originally a corporate vessel, the supply ship was adapted to compensate for the inadequate cargo capacities of other craft in the Confederate Navy, particularly the Lucrehulk-class battleship. The supply ship was over one thousand meters wide and housed several hangar bays, which could accommodate multiple C-9979 landing craft to transport the battle droid infantry of the Separatist Droid Army to battlefields across the galaxy. Being able to store over five million metric tons of cargo, it was primarily used for arms and resupply shipments to the organic defense armies in the Confederate military, often supporting planetary campaigns from orbit. It was armed with point-defense laser cannons and could be crewed by B1 battle droids overseen by a T-series tactical droid.
During the lengthy Battle of Umbara of circa 21 BBY, the Confederacy provided a Separatist supply ship to the Umbaran militia, which used the transport to reopen supply lines to the capital city following the Galactic Republic's capture of an Umbaran airbase. The supply ship sustained the capital's defenses until the craft was infiltrated and destroyed by a trio of clone trooper–commandeered Umbaran starfighters, leading to the capital's fall to the Grand Army of the Republic. A number of supply ships were involved in the Confederacy's massive blockade of Serenno, the headquarters of Head of State Count Dooku, while General Grievous used a pair of supply ships to support his invasion of Dathomir. (Read more…)
Tona Vaal was a male Keshiri agent of a Keshiri resistance group active on the planet Kesh in the years after the Great Hyperspace War. Vaal was born the youngest son of geologist Adari Vaal and her husband, Zhari Vaal. In 5,000 BBY, Tona Vaal's mother became a celebrated figure in Keshiri society after rescuing a group of crash-landed Sith stranded in the mountains—those Sith established the Lost Tribe of Sith, took control of the planet, and honored Adari Vaal greatly. However, after the death of her eldest son, Finn Vaal, who was killed in an accident while building a monument to the Sith, Tona Vaal's mother established a resistance group dedicated to fighting against the Sith, which the young Keshiri joined when he came of age. Ostensibly, Vaal worked as a traveling stable master, but in actuality he was an undercover agent spying on Nida Korsin, the Human daughter of Lost Tribe Grand Lord Yaru Korsin, and her Skyborn Rangers uvak-riding club—however, in 4,975 BBY he fell for his target. Vaal's attraction to Korsin led him to disclose the resistance's secret plans to her. As a result, the rebels were defeated, and his mother forced into exile.(Read more…)
December 2 (Week 49), 2013 – Steel Fist and Tingel Arm campaign
The Steel Fist was a heavily-modified Corellian Engineering Corporation YT-1300 light freighter owned and operated by the bounty hunter Kolig during the early years of the New Republic. The craft also served as the main vessel and command base of Qulok's Fist, a small group of criminals who engaged in bounty hunting, smuggling, slavery, and mercenary work. The ship was used by the gang throughout the Outer Rim Territories, the Minos Cluster, and the Kathol sector. Well-armed, it was a considerable threat to smaller ships and merchant vessels.
In 8 ABY, Qulok's Fist used the vessel to tail the New Republic CR90 corvette FarStar on the orders of Moff Kentor Sarne, an Imperial warlord who had been ousted from the planet of Kal'Shebbol. Shortly after being contracted for that work, the Steel Fist briefly engaged the FarStar in combat in the Shintel system as part of a trap for the corvette set by Sarne. Following the terms of the agreement, the Steel Fist only harassed the FarStar, causing limited damage before retreating. (Read more…)
In the first year of the Great Galactic War, the Galactic Republic went on the offensive against the revitalized Sith Empire in a military campaign for the Tingel Arm. The campaign was the result of the Empire's initial foray back into the known galaxy after centuries of exile in the Unknown Regions. Following its invasion and capture of the Republic's Aparo sector, the Empire settled into the Tingel Arm, much of which had already defected to the Sith cause. Without knowledge of the defection, the Republic called upon its Navy to retake the region of space. Although they had hoped to capitalize on their alliances with the peoples of Belkadan, Sernpidal, and Ruuria in the Tingel Arm, the Republic forces instead found themselves in a battle for survival, as those worlds had already been overtaken by the Empire. Despite being reinforced with ships from the rest of the Navy, the Republic fleet was overwhelmed when the Imperial Navy arrived to aid the Empire's puppet governments on the Tingel Arm worlds. With Belkadan, Sernpidal, and Ruuria secure, the Sith were able to move their naval fleets to Korriban—their ancestral homeworld and the true target of their early campaigns. The Republic withdrew from the Tingel Arm shortly thereafter, defeated once again by the Imperial Military's blitz. (Read more…)
December 9 (Week 50), 2013 – Galtea and Separatist Parliament
Galtea was a planet in the system of the same name, located within the Outer Rim Territories' Kathol sector. The world was situated near the edge of known space, on the border of the Marcol Void, an empty region of space thirty light years across. Neutral in galactic politics, Galtea was only of cursory interest to the Galactic Empire, which established a small outpost on the planet and allowed the population a degree of autonomy.In 8 ABY, Galtea played host to the New Republic CR90 corvette FarStar when it laid over at the planet for repair and resupply. Due to the actions of an Imperial saboteur known as the Wraith who had become part of the corvette's crew, an Imperial task force of three ships arrived at Galtea to engage the FarStar. Outnumbered, the FarStar was forced to retreat. (Read more…)
The Separatist Parliament, also known as the Separatist Senate or the Separatist Congress, was the civilian legislature that governed the Confederacy of Independent Systems, representing thousands of its member worlds during the Clone Wars. When the charismatic Count Dooku founded the Confederacy in 24 BBY, the swathes of sectors and star systems seceding from the Galactic Republic formed their own congressional assembly to oversee the Separatist state. A number of the appointed delegates, having served as members of the Republic Senate prior to their secession, continued to represent their constituents in the Confederacy. Operating by a bill of rights known as the By-Laws of Independent Systems, the Parliament was headed by the Confederate Head of State, Dooku, as well as by Separatist Congress Leader Bec Lawise. It became headquartered on the Separatist capital of Raxus, where sessions were held in the Separatist Senate Building.
Although the representative voices of the Parliament gained a role in state matters, they were often rendered ineffective by various elements of the Separatist hierarchy. Governmental decisions were also made by the corporate interests on the Separatist Council, and Dooku himself—who was secretly the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Tyranus—manipulated situations to ensure that pan-galactic war continued for the purposes of the Sith. At times maneuvers on the part of other war-profiteering parties negated legislation enacted by the Parliament, whose members were seen by some as pawns of Dooku. Furthermore, the senators of the Parliament as well as the citizens of the Confederacy were repeatedly shielded from front-line reports of brutal campaigns waged by such commanders of the Separatist Droid Army as General Grievous. Ultimately, the Confederacy was regarded more as a movement instead of a centralized government, in spite of the Parliament's involvement in public affairs.
A wide range of views comprised the Parliament, leading to a division of positions about escalating the war effort against the Republic. Around 21 BBY, after the Clone Wars had been raging for over a year, Senator Mina Bonteri of Onderon, in collaboration with Republic Senator Padmé Amidala, introduced a bill to open peace negotiations with the Republic. Her bill passed in session by a majority, and the Parliament's motion for peace was extended to the Republic Senate. Yet Dooku conspired with a group of war profiteers to ensure that the Republic rejected the offer, culminating with his orchestration of Bonteri's murder and the withdrawal of the proposal. A delegation later represented the Parliament at an unprecedented peace conference with Republic congresspeople on Mandalore, but the talks similarly failed. The Confederacy was dissolved in 19 BBY with the death of Dooku and the execution of the Separatist Council, ending the Clone Wars. (Read more…)
December 16 (Week 51), 2013 – Darth Nihilus and Saaj Calician
Darth Nihilus (pronounced /ˈnaɪ.ʌ-lɪʒ/) was a Human male who reigned as a Dark Lord of the Sith during the era of strife following the Jedi Civil War. Before becoming a Sith Lord, he lost everything during the Galactic Republic's war against the Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders. He survived the activation of the Mass Shadow Generator superweapon during the war's final battle at the planet of Malachor V, which surrounded the planet with a destructive spacial phenomenon known as a mass shadow. Experiencing the shadow that obliterated almost everything on and around the planet made Nihilus crave Force energy. The affliction painfully ravaged his body while rendering him a wound in the Force. He was found by a seeker of these, the Sith Lord Darth Traya, who told him that she could teach him to feed his endless hunger. He accepted her offer of apprenticeship at the Trayus Academy on Malachor V, and, over time, he became one of three concurrent Dark Lords of the Sith.
Together, they formed a triumvirate with Traya at its head and her other apprentice, Darth Sion, as the third member. The trio chose individual names for themselves, with Darth Nihilus becoming the Lord of Hunger. The apprentices grew in strength during their training and eventually overpowered their Master. Sion defeated Traya, while Nihilus sapped her energy, before the two Sith exiled her and combined their powers to sever her ties to the Force. Nihilus' affliction developed to the point where the Dark Lord was forced to call upon the dark side of the Force to encase his spirit within his mask and armor to stay alive. Sion and he then began a Jedi purge, causing the virtual extinction of the Jedi Order. Nihilus was responsible for the devastation of the planet Katarr in 3,952 BBY, killing and absorbing the Force energy of the Jedi at the Conclave on Katarr along with every other living thing on the world save one Miraluka woman named Visas Marr. Marr was collected from the surface and Nihilus began to train her as his Shadow Hand.
One year later, Nihilus sensed a growing presence in the Force and sent Marr out to eliminate it. That presence was a female Jedi, Meetra Surik, who was on a quest to find the few Jedi Masters who had survived the Purge. When Marr attempted to assassinate the woman, Surik defeated her and convinced her to turn to the light side of the Force in the process. Although Nihilus returned to lurking the fringes of known space, the man was eventually tricked by Traya into initiating the Battle of Telos IV in an attempt to absorb a Jedi Academy that actually lacked any Force-sensitives aside from the headmistress. Nihilus met a large fleet comprised of Republic and Mandalorian forces at Telos that distracted him while his flagship, the Ravager, was secretly boarded by a small force consisting of Surik, Marr, Mandalore the Preserver, and his Mandalorians. The trio confronted and slew Nihilus in the ensuing duel while the Mandalorians rigged explosives that destroyed the ship. The Sith Lord's armor maintained his spirit and was collected for burial on the Sith homeworld of Korriban, where his soul could be contacted with a holocron of his own creation. (Read more…)
Saaj Calician was a male Krevaaki Sith Lord who lived during the Republic Dark Age. Calician originally served the Chagras Hegemony, a Sith state in the Grumani sector that was led by the powerful Sith Lord Chagras, and following Chagras' death in 1,040 BBY, the Krevaaki was appointed as the guardian to Chagras' twin children, Dromika and Quillan. In that role, Calician became the regent of the Dyarchy, a Sith principality based on the planet Byllura that the twins headed, and over the next few years, Calician set about strengthening their territories. The twins never left their quarters in the city of Hestobyll on Byllura and they comprehended the outside world entirely through their connection to the Force, with Calician serving as their primary link to the wider universe. Yet as they aged, the twins increasingly began to use Dromika's Force persuasion abilities to take direct control of Calician's mind, turning him into an unthinking extension of their will.By 1,032 BBY, the Dyarchy had grown strong enough to challenge its neighbors, and Calician planned to launch a fleet of battleships to conquer worlds in the rival Daimanate territory. After a mercenary transport from the Daimanate landed on Byllura, Calician viewed it as a sign that the Daimanate's borders were unguarded, because the Daimanites would not willingly have allowed a starship to leave their domain, and he ordered his fleet to mobilize. However, the Jedi Knight Kerra Holt, a passenger aboard the mercenary vessel, infiltrated Hestobyll and disrupted the Dyrachy's Celegian-based communications network. Calician confronted and dueled her, but was unable to defeat the Jedi, so he stood down and offered to introduce her to Dromika and Quillan. However, when he showed her to the twins, Dromika attempted to use the Force to compel Calician to strike down the Jedi, and he resisted, because he wanted to fight Holt by himself. In the ensuing chaos, Holt kidnapped Quillan and fled Byllura with him aboard the mercenary transport. Shortly afterward, forces loyal to the twins' elder sister Arkadia Calimondra landed on Byllura and had Calician executed.(Read more…)
December 23 (Week 52), 2013 – Geist and Fleebog
Geist was a Human male who served as both a High Moff and the general in command of the Imperial Army in the Fel Empire and later in Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire. Preferring war over peace, Geist led his troops from the front lines and favored the use of threats and intimidation as tactics. As a member of the Moff Council in Emperor Roan Fel's Empire, Geist accepted an alliance with the One Sith during the Sith–Imperial War between the Empire and the Galactic Alliance, but the Empire's ultimate victory in the war in 130 ABY saw the Sith Lord Darth Krayt usurp the Imperial throne and send Fel fleeing into exile. Geist and the rest of the Moff Council swore allegiance to the new Galactic Emperor and served in his new Sith Empire.
Over the next seven years, Geist came to lament the Moffs' lack of real power under Sith rule, and he declared as much during a meeting of the council on the Empire's capital world of Coruscant in 137 ABY. The Empire was fighting the Second Imperial Civil War against Fel's Empire-in-exile, the Galactic Alliance Remnant, and the New Jedi Order, and late in the year, Geist was given command of a naval mission to confront the Empire's foes. The Sith had recently poisoned the planet Dac, and Geist led the Outer Rim Third Fleet against the Alliance Remnant forces that sought to evacuate its citizens. However, a fleet loyal to Fel arrived to reinforce the Remnant, and Geist was able to convince his stubborn Sith overseer Darth Stryfe that a retreat was preferable to destruction.Darth Krayt began a significant military push against his enemies in 138 ABY, and when he learned that the Jedi had a Hidden Temple on the planet Taivas, he placed Geist in command of the ground forces that would participate in the attack. Geist led stormtroopers, walkers, starfighters and Sith warriors against the Jedi fortress after an orbital bombardment proved ineffective against Taivas's magnetic fields, but fleets of the Alliance Remnant and the Empire-in-exile soon arrived to support their Jedi allies. Krayt then unleashed his secret Sith trooper army against his opponents, and as the fanatical Sith troopers blasted through everyone who stood in their way, Geist was killed by the guns of their Annihilator-class starfighters.(Read more…)
The Fleebogs were a species of tiny, sentient beings characterized by blue skin, red eyes, and a yellow shell. They inhabited mazes of tunnels; one group of Fleebogs lived below the surface of the Forest Moon of Endor near the Ewok settlement of Bright Tree Village in such a habitat. The Endor Fleebog population used domesticated insects as beasts of burden and as lighting for their tunnels.
In 3 ABY, the Fleebogs of Endor were threatened by the ravenous ra-lugg, an arachnid that had invaded their subterranean territory. To bring their plight to the attention of the Bright Tree Ewoks and thus gain their assistance, the Fleebogs used a type of plant known as a damsel flower to shrink the Ewoks' Princess Kneesaa a Jari Kintaka down to their size. With the assistance of the princess and the similarly miniaturized Ewoks Teebo and Wicket Wystri Warrick, the Fleebogs defeated the ra-lugg and learned that even small beings could handle big problems. (Read more…)
December 30, 2013 (Week 1), 2014 – Invasion of Begeren and Massacre on Lenico IV
The Invasion of Begeren was a major engagement between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire during the Great Galactic War. Begeren, a mineral-rich world in the Outer Rim Territories, had historically belonged to the ancient Sith Empire, but after the Great Hyperspace War of 5,000 BBY, the Republic claimed the planet as their own and installed a governor to oversee mining operations. In 3,681 BBY, the revitalized Sith Empire emerged from hiding and initiated the Great Galactic War to reclaim their lost lands and destroy the Republic. Although the war swiftly spread across the galaxy, the Sith's first targets lay in the Outer Rim, and in 3,678 BBY the Empire launched its massive invasion of Begeren in the hopes of securing the planet and ousting the entrenched Republic regime.
The Imperial Army contingent that was landed on the world consisted of 10,000 Imperial soldiers under the command of a military officer and aided by the aspiring Sith assassin, Teneb Kel. The fiercest fighting occurred just outside the Republic Governor's palace in the planetary capital, and saw the Empire's Aurek Battalion engage Republic soldiers, towering war droids, and crippling laser turrets. The Imperial Army forces were waiting on word from Kel that he had successfully infiltrated the palace and assassinated the Governor, and although Aurek Battalion was devastated by bombing runs from Republic Liberator-class starfighters, Kel continued on with his mission and successfully killed the Advozse Governor of Begeren. The conflict was one of many Imperial successes early in the war, and helped to put Teneb Kel on the path to Lordship. Begeren remained in Imperial control for many decades following the conquest. (Read more…)
During the Great Galactic War, the Sith apprentice Exal Kressh committed a massacre on the planet of Lenico IV. Kressh, in her role as the apprentice of the Sith Emperor, served her Master as a loyal servant for many years, but was largely unaware of the true purpose behind the missions the Emperor assigned to her. That changed early in the Great War, when around 3,678 BBY her Master gave her orders to locate and investigate a mysterious tribe of shamanistic Ortolans on the nearly-lifeless Outer Rim Territories world of Lenico IV.
Upon finding the primitive tribe, Kressh learned of their history and the Force rituals which they practiced to preserve the lives of tribal patriarchs and shamans. Through their teachings, the young Sith realized that the Emperor planned to replicate their rituals to preserve his own life by transplanting his consciousness into multiple new bodies. Up until then, Kressh herself was unaware that she was already being partially controlled by the Emperor in such a manner, and when the Dark Lord learned all he needed from the Ortolans to complete his own plans, he guided his apprentice to massacre the tribe. Kressh complied with the Emperor's will, but after her time on Lenico IV, she decided to rebel against her Master to end his control over her and prevent him from creating a new batch of host bodies. (Read more…)
January 6 (Week 2), 2014 – Pembric II and Sebiris
Pembric II, also referred to as Pembric 2, was a planet in the Pembric system, located in the Kathol sector of the Outer Rim Territories. Although it was originally terraformed as an agricultural colony, careless actions during the process resulted in unsuitable conditions, creating boggy wetlands and a near-constant light rain to fall. Situated in a remote part of the galaxy, and partially isolated by the presence of a dense asteroid field and radiation fields, Pembric II was marketed by its residents as a resort for gangsters, which eventually evolved into a full-blown shadowport. Soon, a cultured criminal element based themselves off Pembric II, including the Corellian Crev Bombaasa, who controlled a large cartel. The government of Pembric II turned a blind eye to the organized crime due to the large influx of credits they contributed to the planetary economy.
During the Galactic Civil War, Pembric II came under the control of the Galactic Empire, and later Warlord Moff Kentor Sarne. Both parties utilized Pembric II as a source of raw materials, processing hfredium ore mined from the star system's asteroid field on the planet for shipment to Imperial-allied arms corporations. In 8 ABY, Moff Sarne's control of the sector was broken when New Republic forces evicted him from his capital on Kal'Shebbol. Bombaasa moved quickly, taking control of the planet by establishing a puppet government with pro-Imperial leanings in the hope of dissuading the New Republic from interfering in Pembric II's affairs. That year, the New Republic CR90 corvette FarStar arrived at Pembric II in search of technical experts to assist them in solving problems that they were experiencing with their ship. They ran afoul of Bombaasa and his new regime, but managed to rescue an imprisoned slicer named Gaelin to assist them. (Read more…)
Sebiris was a planet located in the Sebiris system of the Outer Rim Territories' Kathol sector. A hot jungle world, it was the homeworld of the Sebiri, a primitive species of scaly-hided humanoids. At some point, Sebiris had been visited by an advanced species that the Sebiri referred to as "those who came before," whom they believed created the jungle and performed miracles through the use of glowing charms. The only evidence of their passing was the ruins of a stone temple located within the planet's equatorial region.
During the early years of the New Republic, the Imperial saboteur and assassin known as the Wraith visited the planet on a number of occasions to acquire a virulent toxin that he used in the course of his assignments. In 8 ABY, the New Republic CR90 corvette FarStar traveled to Sebiris to obtain a cure to the toxin, after their commanding officer, Captain Kaiya Adrimetrum, had been afflicted with the poison. They were successful in their mission, although they were hampered by the presence of the Wraith and a confrontation with the native Sebiri. (Read more…)
January 13 (Week 3), 2014 – Battle of Tiems and Gallo
The Battle of Tiems was an engagement fought between the Alliance to Restore the Republic and Galactic Empire sometime during the Galactic Civil War, in the area surrounding the city of Tiems on the planet of the same name in the Outer Rim Territories. General Carlist Rieekan led a detachment of three Alliance Army infantry regiments to liberate thousands of Alliance prisoners from Imperial facilities located in Tiems. After successfully completing the assignment, their extraction was delayed as the transports were held up by enemy starfighter forces.
Forced to defend a fixed position—the landing zone for their extraction—against a numerically superior enemy, Rieekan employed a mobile defense. By knowing that his Imperial counterpart would concentrate his full assault on the weakest part of the Alliance defensive line, Rieekan drew the Imperial forces into an effective trap, destroying half their number. The remaining Imperial soldiers withdrew to Tiems to regroup and reinforce, although by the time the Imperial commander mustered his forces, the Alliance soldiers had been extracted from the planet. Following the battle, the engagement was used by Alliance Special Forces General Crix Madine as the perfect example of the mobile defense tactic during orientation briefings to new Rebel ground forces commanders. (Read more…)
Gallo was a male Ankura Gungan from the planet Naboo who lived around 3,000 BBY. Gallo was the Boss of the city of Otoh Sancture until it was destroyed in a war between the Gungan tribes while he was out hunting nerfs for the annual Sacred Feast. After meeting rogue Captain Marsune and trading his captured nerfs for glurrg workers, Gallo ran into a militiagung, or Gungan warrior, who informed him that Boss Rogoe, the Gungan warlord who had masterminded the war, was behind the destruction of Otoh Sancture.
Determined to seek justice for the act, Gallo set out to unite the surrounding Gungan tribes against Rogoe and his militia. After Gallo rebuilt the town of Otoh Sancture, he and Marsune, who had decided to join Gallo on his journey, traveled to the cities of Otoh Jahai, Otoh Langua, Otoh Urs, and Otoh Raban to speak with Bosses Tenko, Hantic, Copek, and Hoxie, respectively. After Gallo fulfilled tasks provided by each Boss, the four agreed to join Gallo's cause. Gallo took his forces and, along with bongo submarines acquired from the Gungan manufacturer Bongomeken Collective, attacked Rogoe's city of Spearhead. Once the city and Rogoe's keep were destroyed. Gallo founded a new city in its place called Otoh Gunga. He was a distant ancestor of Boss Rugor Nass, who lived during the later years of the Galactic Republic. (Read more…)
January 20 (Week 4), 2014 – Emperor's skyhook and Darsin
The Emperor's skyhook was the extravagant personal skyhook retreat of Emperor Palpatine during his reign as supreme ruler of the galaxy. The skyhook hung in low geosynchronous orbit above the Imperial throneworld of Coruscant and was tethered to the planet's surface in the Palace District of Imperial City via a long umbilical connection that provided turbolift access to the station. The Emperor's skyhook, grandiose in size and carefully protected, boasted a sprawling central park with a magnificently tailored garden of massive timbers and a climate-controlled jungle that was maintained by the Emperor's best horticulturist.
The Dark Lord Darth Vader and Dark Prince Xizor of the Black Sun crime syndicate met briefly on the Emperor's skyhook in 3.5 ABY. Vader and Xizor discussed the presence of a secret Rebel Alliance shipyard, intelligence of which Xizor offered to the Empire as a means of increasing his favor with the Emperor. In the meeting's aftermath, the Emperor arranged the death of his gardener after Xizor, greatly impressed with the man's botanical work, hired him away to work on the Dark Prince's own personal skyhook. The New Republic later gained control of the skyhook after seizing Coruscant from the Empire and used the installation to track enemy aerial traffic in Imperial City during a military operation in 7 ABY, before grounding all of Coruscant's skyhooks for safety concerns. (Read more…)
Darsin was a male Human who served as the apprentice of the Sith Lord Darth Rivan during the New Sith Wars. He resided in Rivan's Sith fortress on the planet Almas, where his master subjected him to experiments and dark side rituals. Darsin eventually came close to attaining the rank of Dark Lord of the Sith and planned to assume the name Darth Malus, but before he could become a Sith Lord, he died as a result of Rivan's alchemical manipulations. Darsin's consciousness survived as an incorporeal Sith spirit, and Rivan bound him to act as a guardian of the Sith fortress. Centuries later, in about 21 BBY, the Chevin slaver Phylus Mon, the Human Dark Jedi Karae Nalvas and several of their minions ventured into the Sith fortress in search of the secrets of the creation of Sith battlelords, a class of warrior developed by Rivan, and their incursion caused Darsin to re-awaken. The Sith spirit attacked the interlopers, but was warded off by the power of the Darkstaff, a Sith artifact that was carried by Mon. Shortly thereafter, Darsin ambushed a band of freelance agents who had ventured into the fortress in the wake of Phlyus Mon's intrusion, and he was defeated by them. (Read more…)
January 27 (Week 5), 2014 – Burr Nolyds and Sajar
Burr Nolyds was a wealthy and arrogant Human male aristocrat who briefly ruled the Galactic Empire in 11 ABY as head of the Imperial Interim Ruling Council. He originally ascended the Empire's political ladder after supplying the organization with important resources, and his desire for power led him to support former Imperial Royal Guard Carnor Jax's plot to kill Galactic Emperor Palpatine and seize the Imperial throne. Following Palpatine's death, Nolyds sat on the Ruling Council of Jax's Crimson Empire, and when Jax was later killed by his fellow former Royal Guard Kir Kanos, Nolyds took over as acting head of the council and ruler of the Empire.
Ruling from a villa in the planet Ord Cantrell's city of De-Purteen, Nolyds held tightly to his power and opposed Councilor Feena D'Asta's suggestion that the crumbling Empire make peace with the New Republic, their opponents in the Galactic Civil War. His rule proved to be short-lived when he was assassinated by Nom Anor, an ally of the scheming Councilor Xandel Carivus; Nolyds's death came in the form of a self-destructing message disk that Anor had left in his chambers. The shaken council responded by electing the seemingly-incompetent Carivus to succeed him so they could pull Carivus's strings and investigate Nolyds's murder from behind the scenes. (Read more…)
Sajar was a Human male who was known as Darth Sajar during his time as a Dark Lord of the Sith and member of the ruling Dark Council of the resurgent Sith Empire during the Great Galactic War. He attempted to trap and kill the Jedi Master Tol Braga on the planet Dantooine, but Braga convinced Sajar to abandon the Sith and join the Jedi Order. Sajar renounced the Empire and his seat on the Council to become Braga's Padawan, and he studied the ways of the light side of the Force throughout the rest of the war and the subsequent Cold War. However, while Sajar was stationed on Quesh in 3,642 BBY to guard a military base, he was caught in an Imperial invasion. Slipping back into the grasp of the dark side after killing several prisoners and being recognized by Imperial forces, Sajar decided to die a servant of the light at the hands of the Emperor's Wrath, the Sith Emperor's personal executioner, rather than become a Sith once more. However, Sajar and the troopers of the Republic Military's 86th Infantry Division received reinforcements when Braga sent the Jedi Knight known as the Hero of Tython to rescue Sajar. The Knight's efforts in the battle to save the base ensured that Sajar could return to the Jedi and receive redemption. (Read more…)
February 3 (Week 6), 2014 – Bail Antilles and Rogoe
Bail Antilles, a Human male, was a politician who rose through the ranks of the Galactic Alliance bureaucracy and became one of the three members of the government's ruling Triumvirate at some point before 130 ABY. He was known to be a level-headed individual who carefully considered his options, and he often provided the swing vote between his fellow Triumvirs, Gial Gahan and Nu Toreena. Based on the Alliance capital world of Coruscant, Antilles had a daughter named Ona.Antilles served in the Triumvirate during the Alliance's Sith–Imperial War with the Galactic Empire, which saw numerous Alliance member worlds defect to the enemy. When Rear Admiral Piers Petan proposed striking at a lightly-guarded Emperor Roan Fel at the planet Caamas, Antilles's vote was the deciding factor. Although Jedi Master Kol Skywalker and Admiral Gar Stazi both suspected a trap, Antilles felt that the dying Alliance needed to take the risk. The Empire sprang their trap at the Battle of Caamas, and the outmatched Alliance surrendered and conceded the war. The Triumvirs were replaced by loyal Imperial bureaucrats, and Antilles died at some point before 137 ABY. (Read more…)
Rogoe was a male Ankura Gungan warlord who was the Boss of the city of Spearhead on the planet Naboo in 3,000 BBY, during a period of constant war between the Gungan tribes. In that time, Rogoe became the manipulator of the hostilities; he used several methods to continue the conflict so he could oppress and enslave the smaller Gungan tribes while the larger ones were preoccupied with fighting one another. Eventually, he became concerned about Gallo, the Boss of the city of Otoh Sancture, who had refused to take part in any violence. Rogoe believed Gallo would be powerful enough to defeat Rogoe's forces were he to take a side, and so the warmonger ordered a tribe of carnivorous, half-wild bursas to destroy Gallo's Otoh Sancture. Gallo, however, was away from the city and survived to discover that Rogoe had massacred his people, causing Rogoe's rival to begin a campaign to unite the Gungan tribes against the warlord. After convincing the other cities to join him, Gallo led his Grand Army to Spearhead and fought Rogoe's minions. Rogoe remained in his fortress during the battle and was killed when Gallo's army destroyed it. (Read more…)
February 10 (Week 7), 2014 – Nink and Oasis mother
Nink was a male member of the avian uvak species who lived on the planet Kesh in the years following the Great Hyperspace War. Hatched in 5,015 BBY, Nink eventually became the personal steed of the Keshiri Zhari Vaal, a member of the world's Neshtovar ruling council. However, Vaal mistreated Nink; at some point, Nink decided enough was enough and, during a flight over the ocean, dropped his master to his death. Nink was passed on to Vaal's widow, Adari Vaal, a geologist who soon had to flee the Neshtovar on Nink's back after spreading teachings of Kesh's origin that the council considered heretical. Nink carried Vaal up to the remote Cetajan Mountains, where she happened upon an encampment of Sith who had recently crashed on the planet. With Vaal's help, the Sith were delivered from their predicament; they eventually posed as the Keshiri's Skyborn gods and took control of Kesh as the new Lost Tribe of Sith.
By 4,975 BBY, Nink, at forty, was the oldest uvak in Keshiri memory. By then, his master had reached the head of a secret Keshiri resistance group dedicated to overthrowing the Lost Tribe. As part of their plot, that year Vaal flew Nink at the head of a large group of stolen uvak mounted by resistance members, hoping to sacrifice themselves as a way to cripple the Lost Tribe's ability to move across Kesh. However, after Vaal guided Nink into the chaotic air currents above the Sessal Spire volcano, Nink did not plunge into the water as planned; instead, he reached an isolated island somewhere in the ocean. (Read more…)
The oasis mother was a species of sentient, predatory plant that was native to the desert-covered world of Endregaad. Oasis mothers lived atop small pools of water. Their bodies consisted of a series of intertwined vines that formed a trunk with over-hanging branches. From the limbs hung sacks that contained immature oasis children, juvenile forms of the plant. Oasis children were mobile and bipedal in form, and their main role was to hunt living animals to feed to their mother. Though sentient, oasis mothers had very different thought patterns from other intelligent species and were completely amoral, caring only about their own well-being. During the time of the New Republic, a band of oasis children attacked a caravan of travelers that that was passing through the wildernesses of Endregaad en route to the planet's Temple Valley region. (Read more…)
February 17 (Week 8), 2014 – Coh Veshiv and Lux BonteriCoh Veshiv was a Human male Imperial Advisor who oversaw the Bormea and Darpa sectors, as well as the Ringali Shell, by 0 BBY. A former senator, Veshiv was a master at discovering hidden secrets and blackmailing people, and used his talent to rise through the ranks of the Galactic Empire until he was part of Emperor Palpatine's Inner Circle. In 0 BBY, Veshiv was sent from the planet Coruscant on a tour of the sectors he oversaw on the CR90 corvette Empire Forever after he irritated Palpatine. In 0 ABY, around three months after the start of his tour, Veshiv was kidnapped by the Alliance to Restore the Republic–allied privateering crew of the former Imperial EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigate Far Orbit. Prior to Veshiv's departure from the planet Esseles, the crew of the Far Orbit convinced him to board the frigate under the false pretense of being an Imperial vessel. Veshiv was then handed over the Alliance. (Read more…)
Lux Bonteri was a Human male politician and rebel fighter from Onderon during the Clone Wars. Originally loyal to the Galactic Republic, Bonteri's family sided with the Confederacy of Independent Systems when Onderon seceded at the war's outset. They moved to the Separatist capital of Raxus after Bonteri's mother, Mina Bonteri, became the senator of Onderon in the Separatist Parliament. Reaching adolescence in a time of war, the idealistic Bonteri hoped, like his mother, for a peaceful resolution to the conflict, though he came to hate the Republic after the death of his father, an officer in the Confederate military, at the hands of clone troopers from the Grand Army of the Republic. Over a year into the war, Bonteri was forced to rethink his views on the Republic and the Jedi Order after meeting a Jedi, Padawan Ahsoka Tano, for the first time. Yet he thereafter lost his mother due to the machinations of Count Dooku, who ordered her death to terminate a peace proposal that she had introduced. Bonteri briefly represented Onderon in the Parliament in his mother's place, but he soon withdrew to seek justice for her assassination.
Renouncing his Confederate ties, the orphaned Bonteri fell in with the Death Watch, a Mandalorian splinter group that shared his desire to kill Dooku. While working to determine Dooku's location for the Death Watch, Bonteri inadvertently involved Tano in his search for justice, which took them from a peace conference on Mandalore to the Death Watch's camp on Carlac. Despite Tano's allegations about the dishonorable conduct of the Death Watch, Bonteri refused to believe her claims until the group's leader, Pre Vizsla, had his charges raze an entire township of Ming Po before his very eyes. Bonteri ceased his involvement with the Death Watch and escaped from Carlac with Tano; though they parted ways, he promised they would meet again soon. Such was the case around 20 BBY, when Tano came to serve as an advisor for the group of rebels that Bonteri had joined to liberate Onderon from King Sanjay Rash's Separatist-backed regime. Coordinating their grass-roots insurgency with rebel leaders Saw and Steela Gerrera, Bonteri worked to free his homeworld by restoring the deposed King Ramsis Dendup to the throne.After Bonteri and Saw petitioned the Jedi High Council for help, the Republic armed them against King Rash, and Tano was sent—alongside Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi and Clone Captain Rex—to train the rebel soldiers. After her comrades departed, Tano stayed to aid the rebels, working with Bonteri and his associates to retake the capital city Iziz. On Bonteri's suggestion to win them the support of the civilian populace, the rebels targeted Iziz's main power generator, striking a critical blow to Rash's forces while further becoming public symbols for freedom. Once they rescued Ramsis Dendup from being executed by Rash, Bonteri and his colleagues withdrew from Iziz, making a stand against the Separatist Droid Army in the eastern highlands. Bonteri grew close to Steela and nursed a brief romance with her, but though they won out over Rash's battle droid army, Steela was killed in the fighting. With Onderon's independence restored, Bonteri, having been re-appointed by the reinstated King Dendup as the senator of Onderon, decided to join the Galactic Senate and bring Onderon back into the Republic. (Read more…)
February 24 (Week 9), 2014 – Neshtovar and Moorint
The Neshtovar were, in the years before the Great Hyperspace War, the ruling council of the isolated planet Kesh. Renowned as riders of the native avian uvak beast, the Neshtovar held a position of aristocracy on Kesh's continent Keshtah Minor. Along with being the region's political leaders, police force, and foremost religious authority, the Neshtovar also served as a communication system for the region, utilizing their uvak to surmount natural obstacles so that they could bring news to the furthest corners of Keshtah's far-flung landscape. In 5,000 BBY, the Neshtovari High Councilor was the venerable Izri Dazh. That year, he led a public inquest into geologist Adari Vaal's teachings on Kesh's formation, which he considered heretical. After Vaal's home was besieged by angry mobs, she fled into the mountains, where she stumbled across a group of crash-landed Sith. The newcomers posed as the Skyborn gods, and Dazh and the Neshtovar fell for their charade, ceding control of their society to them. Unfortunately for the Neshtovar, in 4,985 BBY their uvak were taken away by the new Lost Tribe of Sith, leading many Neshtovar to join a Keshiri resistance, led by Vaal, dedicated to overthrowing Sith rule. However, their plans were unsuccessful, and the Sith regime continued on. (Read more…)
Moorint was a male Twi'lek who served as the Scout Chief for the Pilgrims of Kalikori Village on the planet Tython, during the Cold War between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire. A skilled tracker, Moorint served as the lieutenant of Matriarch Sumari during the conflict with the native Flesh Raiders of Tython. When Sumari died from illness, he served Sumari's daughter, Ranna Tao'Ven, faithfully until approached by the Dark Jedi Bengel Morr, who was controlling the Flesh Raiders, with an offer of peace. After capturing the Jedi Master Orgus Din and delivering the Human to Morr's clutches as part of their agreement, Moorint and the villagers failed in their attempt to capture Din's apprentice but were forgiven by the Jedi. Moorint and his people continued to live on Tython alongside the Jedi Order as the galaxy erupted into renewed war. (Read more…)
March 3 (Week 10), 2014 – Skirmish on The Wheel and Battle of Hoth (Great Galactic War)
A skirmish took place both aboard and in the space outside of The Wheel space station in 137 ABY. Although fought between members of the Empire-in-exile and Galactic Alliance Remnant, it was engineered by agents of the One Sith and Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire, whose machinations served to disrupt a potential alliance between Empire-in-exile and Remnant forces. The skirmish came about due to a meeting aboard the station between Remnant Admiral Gar Stazi and Empire-in-exile Captain Mingo Bovark, who were discussing the idea of combining their organizations' strength against Darth Krayt's forces in the ongoing Second Imperial Civil War. Sith–Imperial agents Jor Torlin and Morrigan Corde were concurrently on the station, hunting for the former Jedi Cade Skywalker, whom Krayt sought.
After determining that Skywalker was no longer aboard, Torlin and Corde decided to disrupt the negotiations through sabotage. Using Command Override Limpet Droids, Torlin remotely took control of a turbolaser aboard Bovark's shuttle and fired at the nearby Remnant shuttle. When news reached Stazi, he attacked Bovark with a vibro-shiv, while a lightfight erupted outside of their conference room between Stazi's bodyguards and Bovark's Imperial Knight protectors, Antares Draco and Ganner Krieg. Draco was able to rescue Bovark, but the Imperials' escape was blocked by Wheel Administrator Pol Temm and the Wheel Security Force. Temm barred all of Fel's forces from the station, and the Empire-in-exile remained devoid of allies. (Read more…)
The Battle of Hoth was a major naval battle that occurred in 3,665 BBY, during the second decade of the Great Galactic War between the Galactic Republic and the resurgent Sith Empire. A fleet of highly advanced prototype warships, including the Republic superdreadnaught Star of Coruscant, was ambushed by the Imperial Navy after Chiss agents alerted Imperial Intelligence to the fleet's existence, and the Hoth system became the site of a massive space battle that lasted for days. While the battle began along the supposedly secret route that the Republic fleet was traveling, the conflict passed through several star systems before reaching its peak above the planet Hoth. The final stages of the battle in the Hoth system destroyed over seventy-five vessels, inflicting heavy damage on both the Imperial and Republic Navies and sending ships such as the Star of Coruscant, the Conraddas Vindicator, the Vehement Sword, and the Ambria's Fury crashing to the icy surface of Hoth.
The Battle of Hoth severely demoralized the Republic Military, breaking the momentum generated by the recent victory at Alderaan and leading to the Republic's eventual acceptance of the Treaty of Coruscant, which ended the war in 3,653 BBY. Over fifteen years after the battle, the wreckage of the destroyed ships turned the planet's icy surface into a hotly contested battleground. Both the Empire and the Republic battled each other and the White Maw pirate organization in an effort to salvage what they could of the prototype technology lost in the last war. (Read more…)
March 10 (Week 11), 2014 – Unidentified retired Galactic Republic pilot and Stennes Shifter
A male Human pilot served in the Republic Starfighter Corps in the years prior to the conflict known as the Invasion of Naboo, flying to many planets of the galaxy before retiring in 38 BBY due to old age and eventually settling on the planet Tatooine. In 32 BBY, the pilot saw the young slave boy Anakin Skywalker participate in a podrace. After the race, the pilot met Skywalker and his friends at Mos Espa's marketplace, where he shared with them stories of his past exploits and encouraged Skywalker to pursue his dream of becoming a space pilot. The pilot would continue to spend time with Skywalker on occasion and entertain him with more stories. Among many things, the pilot told Skywalker about the mysterious Angels of the planet Iego and the creation of the Sith Order. (Read more…)
The Stennes Shifters were a sentient, Near-Human species native to the planet of Stennaros. They were biological offshoots of the Stennes and resembled their kin in appearance, with ashen-gray skin riddled with dark veins and small knobs, a slight body, heavy-lidded eyes, and gaunt cheeks that gave them a skull-like visage. Yet the Shifters had several unique abilities that set them apart from their mainline cousins, all of which were rooted in an innate sensitivity to the Force. Foremost was their ability to pass unseen using a form of telepathy. A Stennes Shifter could use this talent to disappear into a crowd. Shifters also were able to feed on the Force expended by beings around them. Such abilities earned the Stennes Shifters the alternate name of Force-eaters.
Environmental pressures shunted the Stennes Shifters along a different developmental path from their baseline cousins; their extra capacities to hide and sap Force energy helped the Shifters as both hunters and prey in their homeworld's ecosystem. However, such abilities also made the Shifters seem frightening and suspicious to both the mainline Stennes and to outsiders. Thus, the Shifters constantly found themselves persecuted, hunted, and—when discovered—killed. As offworlders took to eradicating the Shifters—including the Jedi Order in one particularly bloody conflict circa 5,000 BBY—the planet became pocked with artillery craters in attacks that killed Stennes Shifters and standard Stennes alike. The Stennes turned on their Shifter kin, forcing them to flee their own homeworld or to use their natural powers to escape detection and assimilate into society. Over time, the Shifter population fell; by the days of the Galactic Empire, they were numbered at no more than several million, and the Shifters were regarded as little more than legend by many in the galaxy. Coupled with their indistinguishable appearance from mainline Stennes, such anonymity allowed some Shifters to blend into galactic society. Those who capitalized on their powers of misperception found work in fringe occupations, such as thieves, spies, or informants. (Read more…)
March 17 (Week 12), 2014 – Hurst Romodi and Ket MalissHurst Romodi was a male Human who served as a colonel in the Grand Army of the Galactic Republic and later a general in the Galactic Empire's Imperial Army. Born on the planet Matacorn, Romodi served with distinction in Lambda sector's Planetary Security Forces before becoming one of the Galactic Republic's first non-clone commanders during the Clone Wars. After the defeat of the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the rise of the Galactic Empire, Romodi was appointed a general in the Imperial Army. Romodi led Imperial ground forces against Separatist holdouts in the Ciutric Offensive of 19 BBY and the Western Reaches Operation of 17 BBY, winning several major victories and becoming a celebrated figure in the Core Worlds. During the latter campaign, Romodi's forces were ambushed by Iska pirates at Bryndar; Romodi won the day, but was left blind and deeply scarred. Romodi left military service to become the senator of the Lambda sector. However, he suffered recurring nightmares and an inability to concentrate as a result of his injuries, and retired after a single term in office. Romodi was offered the opportunity to continue working as adjutant to Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin and served under Tarkin as Battle Station Operations chief aboard the Death Star battlestation at the time of its destruction by the Rebel Alliance in 0 BBY. (Read more…)
Ket Maliss was a Dashade male assassin from the time of the Great Sith War who was cryogenically frozen for nearly 4,000 years following the near-extinction of his species. As a Shadow Killer, Maliss was one of the most accomplished Dashade assassins; having originally worked as an enforcer for members of the Falleen House Sizhran, he was awoken several decades before 3 ABY to serve their descendant, Prince Xizor. Under the Prince's employ, Maliss visited Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina in Tatooine's city of Mos Eisley on at least two occasions. During the latter visit in 1 ABY, an Imperial curfew was imposed on the entire Tatoo system. A reluctant Maliss only left the establishment after Ackmena, the bartender, prompted the cantina's patrons to waltz out the door to her rendition of the song "Goodnight, But Not Goodbye."By 3 ABY, Xizor had become the head of the criminal syndicate Black Sun, and that year saw Maliss wipe out the leadership of the Disac pirates on behalf of the Black Sun Vigo Sprax. He later joined a team of mercenaries and bounty hunters assembled by Xizor to track down the mercenary Limna Yith, who had stolen a datacard that contained a list of every Black Sun operative in the Verde system. The team pursued her to the planet Sedri, where they learned that she was on her way to an underwater village. Maliss and the others arrived first and massacred the village's residents, but they were soon joined by Yith, held captive by a team of smugglers who were working in opposition to them. A lightfight broke out that saw many of Maliss's allies killed, and the Dashade attempted to escape and fight another day. (Read more…)
March 24 (Week 13), 2014 – Serp and Duron Qel-Droma
The Serps were sentient, humanoid reptiles indigenous to the planet Serphidi in the Belial system. They were a sexually dimorphic species, with red-scaled and flat-faced males, and orange-scaled and long-snouted females. The Serps once had superior technology, but they used it for devastatingly destructive acts. Eventually, they chose to sign a pact that banned advanced technology and united the planet under a single King. Their remaining technology was simple, and they sublimated their destructive urges with jousting competitions. Each year, they held a tournament to remember the day of peace.
Shortly before the eruption of the Galactic Civil War, King S'Shah came to power. He allied with the Galactic Empire, revived some of the Serps' ancient technology, and turned the previously nonlethal jousts into deadly affairs. Most Serps disliked S'Shah's reforms and showed sympathy to the Rebel Alliance; thus, the Human Rebel agent Luke Skywalker came to Serphidi to work with the Rebel-friendly natives in deposing S'Shah. With the help of an older Serp named Elglih, Skywalker entered the yearly tournament and defeated the King. Elglih became the new monarch, and the Serps officially allied with the Rebel Alliance. (Read more…)
Duron Qel-Droma was a male Human Jedi Knight from Alderaan, most well-known for his exploits during the Great Hunt in 3,993 BBY. A member of the Qel-Droma family of Jedi, Qel-Droma was the cousin of Jedi Knight Ulic Qel-Droma, who famously fell to the dark side and became a Sith Lord, battling the Jedi Order and the Galactic Republic in the Great Sith War. In the years immediately after the conflict, it fell to Duron to restore his family name. In the aftermath of the war, Sith-created monstrosities were spread out throughout the galaxy and still posed a threat. In response, the Jedi Order initiated the Great Hunt, intending to wipe out the beasts for good. Qel-Droma took up arms with a group of fellow Jedi, including fellow Human Shaela Nuur and the Twi'lek Guun Han Saresh. Qel-Droma and his compatriots battled creatures such as Sith wyrms and silan, but their greatest enemy would be the terentatek—a massive, vicious reptilian beast that fed on Force-sensitive blood. Qel-Droma and company trekked the galaxy in search of these monsters, clearing them off of worlds such as Tatooine and earning a reputation as the Jedi Order's greatest hunters.During the Great Hunt, Qel-Droma and Nuur developed romantic feelings for each other that stretched the limits of the Jedi Code. Although this threatened to cause a rift in the group, as Saresh deeply disapproved, by 3,993 BBY the Hunt was called to an end. However, Qel-Droma, Nuur and Saresh were sent on a secret mission to clear the Sith homeworld of Korriban, a planet deeply steeped in the dark side. As they were the Order's best hunters, the Jedi High Council believed that the three could be successful, and would be able to rely on each other to resist the dark side's lure. However, once on Korriban, Qel-Droma and the others ran into severe difficulties. In order to obtain necessary information, Qel-Droma and Nuur were forced to perform illegal actions that went against Qel-Droma's moral code, and Qel-Droma began to be afflicted with a series of debilitating, prophetic visions. On Korriban, Qel-Droma and Nuur gave into their passion, leading to a disgusted Saresh leaving the group. Without Saresh, Qel-Droma and Nuur set off together to the Valley of the Dark Lords, eventually coming across a terentatek in a remote cave. However, the beast proved too much—Qel-Droma was mortally wounded while desperately trying to defend Nuur. Before he died, Qel-Droma foresaw that sometime in the future a great Jedi named Revan would find his body, and use Qel-Droma's robe in a battle with the dark side. Nearly forty years later, this would come to pass, as Revan found Qel-Droma's remains before defeating Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Malak. (Read more…)
Saun Dann, also known as Sohn Dann, was a jovial Human male who worked as a trader on the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk. He was also secretly a member of the Rebel Alliance who maintained his own network of connections. During the Life Day holiday of 1 ABY, when the Galactic Empire blockaded Kashyyyk and declared martial law on the world, an Imperial guard wandered into Dann's shop and took a groomer without paying, much to the trader's chagrin. Dann then made his way to the home of his Wookiee friend Chewbacca, who had not yet arrived home for the holiday, and whose family was worried about his absence.
After Dann assuaged the Wookiees' fears and gave them all Life Day gifts, he reassured the Alliance's Princess Leia Organa—speaking to them via wallscreen—that the family would be safe. However, an Imperial search party entered the home on a hunt for ties to the Rebels. Dann nervously attempted to prevent the Imperials from discovering that Chewbacca, a well-known Alliance hero, was one of the home's residents, but the search party's Commander ordered him to leave. Dann later returned and found that a recently-arrived Chewbacca had eliminated a stormtrooper who had been left to guard the home, and the trader used the family's wallscreen to convince a suspicious Imperial officer that the trooper had fled his post.During another Life Day, which came at some point between 0 BBY and 3 ABY, Dann celebrated the occasion by ordering two cases of candy for children in need. When the shipment was late, he recruited a spacer to track it down, and the spacer discovered that the candy had been stolen and eaten by the stormtrooper TK-555. Dann resolved to find a replacement gift for the children. He again ordered candy for needy children the following Life Day, but the same fate befell it, and the spacer again brought the trader bad news. (Read more…)
sentient crustacean species, indigenous to the planet Hjaff. Standing at around two meters tall with four arms and a chitinous exoskeleton, they appeared intimidating to most humanoids, a reputation furthered by their ruthless and emotionless behavior. The Tarc, in fact, did not lack emotions, but believed them to be private and not to be shared with others. Fiercely protective of their culture and sovereignty, the Tarc saw other species as a threat to both of these and, as a result, were extremely isolationist as a society. The Tarc colonized the star systems around their homeworld, making the area a buffer between them and the rest of the galaxy and using their navy, the Ivlacav Gourn, to destroy any intruders. That practice led the species into conflict with the Galactic Empire during the Galactic Civil War. (Read more…)
April 7 (Week 15), 2014 – Boo Rawl and Elscol Loro
Boo Rawl was a Human male independent freight-hauler from the planet Hazzard. A staunch believer in the proposition that individuals were free to run their lives as they chose without governmental interference, Rawl possessed one of the largest private music collections by artists blacklisted by the Commission for the Preservation of the New Order. After plying his trade throughout the galaxy for fifteen years, he joined the Alliance to Restore the Republic in 2 BBY in protest of the Imperial presence on his homeworld. Using his own, personally modified BD-27 transport, the Long Run, Captain Rawl delivered heavy equipment and supplies to Alliance installations across the galaxy.In 3 ABY, shortly after the Battle of Hoth, Rawl was partnered with technician Deen Voorson to steal a Colony Class 23669 power generator from the Kuat Freight Port. Voorson hoped to use family contacts at the freight port to allow them to take the generator before the scheduled Imperial transport arrived. Voorson's nine year old cousin, Shannon, arranged for the Alliance to steal the generator, and Rawl collected the barge containing the generator as planned. Leaving the freight port, the Alliance plan was discovered by the Empire when the real pickup barge arrived. Rawl piloted the Long Run while under fire, jumping to hyperspace and safety. (Read more…)
Elscol Loro was a female Human resistance leader and New Republic starfighter pilot during the Galactic Civil War. A native of the Colonies planet Cilpar, Loro joined the Cilpari Resistance to oppose Imperial rule on her homeworld. Following the death of her husband, Throm Loro, at the hands of Imperial forces, Loro became leader of the Resistance and gained a constant companion and protector in the Wookiee Groznik, who transferred his life debt to Loro when Throm died. Despite her strong hatred of the Empire, Loro also distrusted the New Republic, believing them to be collaborating with Cilpar's Imperial government due to the actions of a traitor within the Resistance. Shortly after the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY, the New Republic starfighter unit Rogue Squadron arrived on Cilpar. Loro initially took the Rebels captive, but came to trust them when they helped her to overthrow Moff Boren Tascl and expose the traitor.
After the planet's liberation, Wedge Antilles invited Loro to join Rogue Squadron. She accepted, but her membership in the squadron proved to be brief. Following the death of Groznik during Rogue Squadron's mission to Mrlsst, Loro became increasingly insubordinate, disobeying Antilles's orders and taking unnecessary risks that placed herself and her wingmates in danger. After the squadron's mission to Tatooine, Antilles and Loro agreed that Rogue Squadron was not where she belonged. Loro left the New Republic to start her own resistance group, joining forces with former Special Intelligence operative Sixtus Quin and his squad, along with a handful of others who hated the Empire but were unwilling to join the Republic.Over the next few years Loro's group targeted Imperial worlds and worked to overthrow their planetary governments by training the local citizens to stage successful uprisings. In 7 ABY, Rogue Squadron resigned from the New Republic Defense Force to carry out an unsanctioned operation to free Thyferra from the rule of Director of Imperial Intelligence Ysanne Isard. As Loro and her team specialized in such missions, Antilles contacted her and she agreed to assist him in overthrowing Isard. During the Battle of Thyferra at the end of the campaign, Loro led a team that stormed Xucphra Corporate Headquarters and captured Minister of Trade Fliry Vorru. Isard, however, escaped capture by faking her own death. (Read more…)
April 14 (Week 16), 2014 – Spilferithimus-narlamos and Stevan Makintay
Spilferithimus-narlamos, often called Spilfer for short, was a male, blue-furred, Squib diplomat—a status that allowed him to sign agreements on behalf of his entire species. Sometime between 0 and 2 ABY, the Squib King, Ebareebaveebeedee, charged the diplomat with leading a group of Rebel Alliance operatives through the Paradise system to obtain a "quest object" for the Squibs. In exchange, the King agreed to provide the coordinates of the Imperial armored transport Elusive, which had information that could compromise Rebel operations in several sectors. Spilferithimus-narlamos and the Squibs neglected to mention key facts: the system consisted mostly of garbage—including pieces of the Galactic Empire's destroyed Death Star battlestation—the "quest object" was a gravity well projector that kept the system from complete collapse, and the Squibs' hereditary rivals, the Ugors, controlled Paradise and considered the quest-object to be part of their holiest shrine.
Spilferithimus-narlamos disguised himself to sneak past the Ugor officials who greeted the Rebel starship. However, he was discovered by the Ugor Tax Chaplain GrrKack, and the Rebels were forced to pay an exorbitant sum for bringing a "demon of a Squib" into the holy system. Nevertheless, Spilferithimus-narlamos led his charges into a large piece of Death Star wreckage, where he filled his many pouches with refuse amassed with a large garbage grabber until the group reached the "quest object." The Rebels extricated the gravity well projector, slipped it past a band of crime lord Jabba the Hutt's pirates who sought the projector for their employer, and brought the loot back to their shuttle. However, the removal of the projector threw the delicate gravitational balance of the system off kilter, turning it into chaotic field of debris. Spilferithimus-narlamos manned the shuttle's tractor beams to deflect dangerous pieces of garbage from striking the vessel as it fought off the miffed Ugors in their battle-wagons and escaped into hyperspace. Back on the Squib Momship, Spilferithimus-narlamos and the Squibs exchanged the coordinates of the Elusive for the gravity well projector—an item for which they had no other use than to bother their rivals, the Ugors. After more spirited haggling, Ebareebaveebeedee handed over the projector for the Rebels to use in their continued hunt for the Elusive, and he declared a pact of mutual support between the Squibs and the Rebel Alliance, Spilferithimus-narlamos attesting. (Read more…)
Stevan Makintay, also known as "Mak," was a Human male born on the planet of Hargeeva. The son of the world's High King, Makintay was raised in wealth and privilege. Despite his heritage, Lord Makintay, as he was known, held the view that all beings were equal. When the Galactic Empire annexed Hargeeva in 7 BBY, Makintay used the opportunity to attend the Imperial Academy and learn how to pilot starfighters. Upon his return, he fell in love with a lowborn commoner, Ketrian Altronel, and announced his intention to marry her. This action, along with his critical opposition of his father's oppression of the lower classes of Hargeevan society, led his father to disinherit Makintay. He also arranged for his son's kidnapping and incarceration at the Imperial penal colony on Garen IV. Makintay escaped with the aid of his friend, the Sullustan Merinda Niemeh, and the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Returning to Hargeeva, Makintay established a small Rebel cell on the planet. The movement snowballed, erupting into an uprising that was violently subjugated by Imperial forces under the command of Major Nial Pedrin. Makintay escaped Hargeeva, eventually joining the Alliance proper.
Makintay flew T-65 X-wing starfighters for the Alliance, and was stationed at Echo Base on the planet of Hoth as part of the fighter complement. During the evacuation of the base necessitated by its discovery by Imperial forces, Makintay was a member of Rogue Squadron, flying snowspeeders. Flying as Rogue Nine with his gunner, Barlon Hightower, the pair survived the battle and escaped Hoth. Makintay was transferred to Eyrie Base on the planet of Karatha, where he commanded Green Squadron. A shortage of supplies and critical parts for the Alliance forced Makintay to undergo a risky mission to Hargeeva to contact his former fiancée, Ketrian Altronel, and convince her to join the Alliance. Altronel, however, believed that Makintay had abandoned her for a life in space, unaware of his father's machinations. During their meeting, Imperial forces captured them, bounding them over for transport to the Imperial capital of Coruscant. During the transfer, the pair were rescued by friends of Makintay's from Eyrie Base. Altronel agreed to join the Alliance after discovering the truth about Makintay's disappearance and discovering that the Empire had killed her friend, Alikka Nolan.However, Altronel had been intentionally poisoned with Xebonica during the intended trip to Coruscant, and was regularly being dosed with the antidote, Trypanid. Standard Imperial procedure for Class A Security Risks such as Altronel—whose metallurgical work had created a new alloy with impressive heat-absorption capabilities—was to poison them during transport from secure areas and keep the effects at bay to prevent them from defecting or becoming a liability as prisoners. Although the Alliance was aware of the treatment for such poisonings, the standard treatment was not working. Makintay and Merinda Niemeh traveled back to Hargeeva to capture Major Pedrin, who had infected Altronel in the first place, as they believed that she had been poisoned with a new compound only he could cure. While their mission was successful, upon their return to Eyrie Base Makintay discovered that Altronel's condition was not caused by Pedrin, but by a fellow Hargeevan, Assistant Medic Astina Griek, who blamed Altronel's work for the deaths of her husband and son at the hands of the Empire. Makintay confronted Griek, who was also in possession of an antidote to cure Altronel. Subsequently, a struggle with Pedrin ensued as he sought to escape Alliance custody. Makintay was stabbed in the back, and Griek was killed by a blaster fired by Pedrin. The Major was then stunned and captured by Alliance forces, Altronel was cured with Griek's antidote, and Makintay recovered from his injuries. (Read more…)
April 21 (Week 17), 2014 – Nax Cirvan and Bail Antilles
Baron Nax Cirvan was a humanoid male Dark Jedi, formerly of the Jedi Order, who was recruited as an assassin by Count Dooku during the Clone Wars. After rampaging through the Outer Rim Territories, Cirvan was finally apprehended by Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker after trying to kidnap Force-sensitive children for Dooku. Incarcerated inside the secret prison called the Prism for his crimes, Cirvan spent the remainder of the war there. He was released in 19 BBY along with the rest of the prisoners by a trio of high-ranking members of the newborn Galactic Empire—Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader, Moff Trachta, and Lieutenant Laurita Tohm. The three had escaped from the galactic capital of Coruscant along with a wounded Emperor Palpatine, seeking refuge on the Prism from a coup orchestrated by Gentis, the Headmaster of the Imperial Academy. Vader—who used to be Cirvan's captor, Anakin Skywalker—pitted the prisoners against each other in a free-for-all battle to recruit the best fighters to his cause. Cirvan survived the brawl and pledged his allegiance to the Empire after being promised amnesty for his crimes. The Dark Jedi helped Vader retake Coruscant, but was betrayed by the Sith Lord when the transport he and the other prisoners were given to leave Coruscant exploded. (Read more…)
Bail Antilles was a Human male from the planet Alderaan. Born a prince in the influential House of Antilles, Organa served as the senator of the Alderaan sector during the years leading up to the Invasion of Naboo. Campaigning to combat corruption in the Senate, the highest legislative body of the Galactic Republic, Antilles ascended to the position of chairman of the Internal Activities Committee. He was also leader of one of the two main factions of the Senate, the Core faction, which was mostly opposed by the Rim faction led by his colleague Ainlee Teem of the planet Malastare.
In 33 BBY, during the debates on the taxation of trade routes, Antilles argued the Senate should not allow the Trade Federation to increase the number of its battle droid defenses. One year later, Queen Amidala of the planet Naboo moved for a Vote of No Confidence in the leadership of Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum. Along with his colleagues Palpatine of Naboo and Ainlee Teem, Antilles was nominated to succeed the Chancellor. Despite—or partly because of—his crusade against corruption, Antilles was not chosen, and Palpatine received the anointing of the Senate. Following Palpatine's election at the helm of the state, Antilles retired from office, making way for his compatriot and partial namesake Bail Organa, to whom he was related through marriage. Once he was retired, Antilles still made a few public appearances, notably attending Senator Horox Ryyder's farewell party shortly before the outbreak of the Clone Wars in 22 BBY. (Read more…)
April 28 (Week 18), 2014 – Sith Emperor and Viidaav (species)
The Sith Emperor was a Dark Lord of the Sith who reconstituted the Sith Empire after its destruction in the Great Hyperspace War and went on to rule it for over 1300 years. Born in 5,113 BBY as Tenebrae, the illegitimate Sith son of Lord Dramath of Medriaas and a poor farm woman, the child who eventually became the Emperor killed his own father at the age of ten and was granted the title of Lord Vitiate by the then–Dark Lord Marka Ragnos three years later. Vitiate renamed his world Nathema and ruled it for the next century, content to exclude himself from Sith power struggles and even the Great Hyperspace War when the Galactic Republic destroyed the Empire in 5,000 BBY. Summoning the remaining Sith Lords to Nathema with the promise of salvation from the Jedi, Vitiate turned on his fellows and used their strength to perform a ritual that made him immortal, at the expense of every living thing on Nathema.
Shedding his identity as Lord Vitiate, the self-proclaimed Sith Emperor led the scattered survivors of the Empire on a twenty-year odyssey into the Unknown Regions, where he established a new Sith Empire on the lost colony world of Dromund Kaas. He delved deep into the mysteries of the dark side of the Force as his people built a new civilization and expanded the Empire's domain over the next thousand years. His life prolonged through the power of the ritual, the Emperor sought a way to repeat the same feat of Sith magic on a galactic scale. However, doing so required a war—war that would destroy civilizations and fuel his power so that he could consume everything in the galaxy and become like a god. To that end, the Emperor arranged for the Mandalorian warrior culture to attack the Republic, and he turned the powerful Jedi Knights Revan and Malak to the dark side and set them upon the Republic after the Mandalorians were defeated. Yet a redeemed Revan returned to challenge the Emperor once more, and Revan's near-success and subsequent capture led the Emperor to pursue further safeguards against his death. Protecting his true body through the transference of his consciousness between host bodies known as Emperor's Voices, the Emperor launched his own war on the Republic almost three centuries later.
During the course of the war, the Emperor's efforts to create the extensions of his will known as the Children of the Emperor were nearly derailed by his traitorous apprentice Exal Kressh, but Kressh was eliminated before she could do lasting harm to her Sith Master's plans. As the war neared the end of its third decade, the captive Revan was able to mentally influence the Emperor to sue for peace with the Republic, and the resultant Treaty of Coruscant saw the Sith leader return control of the Empire to the ruling Dark Council and retreat into seclusion in order to prepare his ritual. A powerful young Jedi who would become known as the Hero of Tython drew the Emperor's attention during the subsequent Cold War, on account of the visions that centered around the Jedi Knight, but the Emperor easily crushed the Jedi's will and turned the Knight to the dark side along with the rest of a strike team sent to capture the Sith ruler. The Knight broke free of the Emperor's control months later with the help of the immortal Lord Scourge, the Emperor's personal executioner or Wrath, but the Emperor had already set his plans in motion as the galaxy spiraled into renewed war.As the Hero raced to stop the Emperor's agents from starting the ritual, the Emperor was trapped briefly by the traitorous Sith Lord Darth Baras on the planet Voss. Nevertheless, he escaped with the help of his newest Emperor's Wrath and returned to Dromund Kaas, to activate his Children across the galaxy and prepare for a final confrontation with the Knight. While a Republic fleet invaded Dromund Kaas, the Emperor fought the Hero and the astromech droid T7-O1 in a climactic battle that ended with the Emperor's defeat. The loss of his Voice drove the Emperor into a deep slumber while the galaxy escalated further into war, prompting the Sith Lord Darth Malgus to try to seize the throne of the Empire. The Emperor eventually died a final death, though his powers and accomplishments were still remembered millennia later. (Read more…)
The Viidaav, or Viidaavs, were a species of sentient humanoids with green or orange skin and angular projections growing from their heads. They were thin beings with large, expressive eyes and three-fingered hands. The Viidaavs hailed from the eponymous planet Viidaav, where many of them worked as miners, shipbuilders, and soldiers.During the Clone Wars, the Viidaavs allied with the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Clone troopers from the Galactic Republic attacked their homeworld, sparking a battle on the planet. The natives resisted the Republic troops, but were eventually driven back to defending a small mining array. The Viidaavs were preparing to retreat when Separatist leader Count Dooku ordered his battle droids to detonate mining charges set within the planet's crust. A lone Viidaav commander managed to defuse the explosives seconds before they exploded. (Read more…)
May 5 (Week 19), 2014 – Jaska (Mandalorian Knight) and Silver Speeder
Jaska was a female Falleen Jedi Knight who eschewed Jedi teachings for Mandalorian culture during the Mandalorian Wars. Believing that the Galactic Republic was corrupt, she became a member of Jedi Master Dorjander Kace's Mandalorian Knights, a rogue faction of the Jedi Order that sought to help the Mandalorians win the war and become better rulers of the galaxy with the guidance of the Jedi. Joining the Revanchist movement, an organization of Jedi who aided the Republic war effort, Jaska and the Mandalorian Knights participated in a battle on the planet Essien in 3,962 BBY. During the engagement, she and her fellow Knights were able to use deception to lead the Phaeda militia, the unit under their command, into Mandalorian captivity and seize the Republic command ship, the Axehead frigate Reciprocity.After successful attacks on the planet Halthor and the space station Phaedacomm, Jaska followed Kace in the final step of his campaign—the capture of Jedi trainees on the planet Dantooine, with the purpose of converting them into future Mandalorian Knights. Jaska and the Mandalorian soldiers attacked the Jedi Enclave on Dantooine. However, Kace's plans were foiled by the Phaeda militia, and particularly by former Jedi Padawan Zayne Carrick. Jaska and the Mandalorian Knights were captured and faced public trial for their treason against the Republic. (Read more…)
Silver Speeder was a modified zZip Product Concepts Limited X-X landspeeder owned by the bounty hunter Boba Fett in the early years of the Galactic Empire. Fett acquired the speeder after chasing down a mark on the planet Rivvidu and equipped it well to enable him to attack his targets with an armament that included laser cannons, magnetic harpoons and vibrosaws. In 15 BBY, Fett, acting on a contract from the Annoo-dat crime lord Sise Fromm to capture the young speeder racers Thall Joben and Jord Dusat, and their friend Kea Moll, followed Joben's speeder, the White Witch, into the Boonta Speeder Race. Fett attacked Joben throughout the competition, unaware that Fromm's son, Tig Fromm, had planted a thermal detonator on the White Witch. An attack involving his magnetic beams accidentally loosened the detonator, which attached itself to the Silver Speeder. Although Fett ejected in time, the Silver Speeder was destroyed. (Read more…)
May 12 (Week 20), 2014 – Adnerem and Emperor's Voice (Sith Empire)
The Adnerem were a tall, thin, humanoid species of mammals native to the pleasure planet of Adner in the Yataga sector of the Expansion Region. Descended from scavenger-hunters, they had large triangular heads with wide eyes and a large lump in the center of the forehead called an echo chamber. Their thin arms each ended in four talons with no opposable thumb. Adnerem society was based on small, non-genetic social units known as steri, the singular of which was steris, who dwelt together in steri-houses. The members of a steris were known as sterisi, and individual couples who formed a close friendship within a steris were known as a sterika. An Adnerem's status was judged entirely by the status of his or her steris, and different steri sometimes battled for balance of power in a conflict known as a raid-war.As a species, Adnerem were generally antisocial and remained independent from the rest of the galaxy's economy, although their homeworld was a tourist trap with many theme parks and casinos. During the Galactic Civil War, the largest of these casinos, the Red Lisken, was run by an Adnerem named Etsero, who had ties to the gangster Jabba the Hutt and to various Imperial sympathizers. Those Adnerem who left Adner often remained together in their steris and found group occupations. Steri away from their homeworld usually worked as management in large corporations, criminal organizations, or mercenary agencies, such as the Interstellar Strike Force. (Read more…)
The Emperor's Voice, formally addressed as the Voice of the Emperor by other Sith, was a position within the reconstituted Sith Empire that was held by the Sith Emperor's current host body. First created after a failed assassination attempt in 3,950 BBY, the Voice allowed the Emperor to protect his true body while still delivering commands to his servants and carrying out his will. The Emperor utilized many Voices of different species, genders, and ages throughout his lifetime, transferring his consciousness and powers from body to body as his hosts succumbed to the ravaging effects of the dark side.As war began to ignite again between the Empire and the Galactic Republic in 3,642 BBY, the Dark Councilor Darth Baras began a coup years in the making as he attempted to take the place of the Voice and thereby become the supreme authority within the Empire. Trapping the true Voice on the planet of Voss with the aid of the dark entity Sel-Makor, Baras secured his power base and proclaimed himself to be the Voice of the Emperor before the Dark Council. However, Baras' former apprentice and the newly-appointed Emperor's Wrath killed the true Voice in order to free the Emperor's essence and struck down Baras for his transgression. The Emperor's next Voice would fall in battle with the prodigal Jedi Knight known as the Hero of Tython, forcing the Emperor's essence back into his true body and abolishing the post of Emperor's Voice while his essence healed. (Read more…)
May 19 (Week 21), 2014 – Mission to Brentaal IV and Emperor's Will (Star Galleon)
In 0 ABY, the crew of the Alliance to Restore the Republic affiliated privateering EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigate Far Orbit sent a landing party on a mission to obtain a datadisc from an Alliance contact on the planet Brentaal IV. The datadisc, containing fresh and sensitive information regarding the route of the Imperial Star Galleon-class frigate Emperor's Will, was handed off to the privateer party, but the group ended up being pursued by Imperial Security Bureau agents. Eventually, the group managed to escape the planet, after the Far Orbit helped create a diversion. (Read more…)
The Emperor's Will was a Star Galleon-class frigate operated by the Imperial Taxation Bureau in 0 ABY, at the time of the Galactic Civil War between the Galactic Empire and the Alliance to Restore the Republic. That year, the ship set out on a journey to the planet Esseles with a cargo amounting to 400 million credits and accompanied by the Imperial Navy's EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigate Zaff Jendinpurg. However, its cargo was captured by the Far Orbit, a Nebulon-B frigate that was acting as a privateer vessel for the Alliance, on the way to Esseles after the privateers destroyed the Zaff Jendinprug. The Emperor's Will was forced to release its ejectable cargo bay pod in an attempt to get it and the treasure it contained away from the privateers, though the Far Orbit was still able to capture the pod. (Read more…)
May 26 (Week 22), 2014 – Vocis Kenit and Peshk Vri'sykVocis Kenit was a male Human who entered the Galactic Empire's Navy sometime before 12 BBY. Rising to the rank of captain by 0 ABY due to his frequent reporting on the flaws of other officers, Kenit was assigned the command of the EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigate Far Orbit. In 0 ABY, while the Galactic Civil War was being fought by the Empire and the Alliance to Restore the Republic, some of the crew of the Far Orbit, led by second officer Dhas Fenoep Vedij, mutinied and seized the starship from Kenit and the loyal Imperials aboard. Briefly imprisoned by his superiors because of his failure in command after the crew of the Far Orbit let him go, Kenit was then assigned to track the Far Orbit, which had become an Alliance privateering vessel. Although Kenit came close to capturing the ship by manipulating them into attacking a pirate band and later drawing them into a confrontation with an Imperial fleet, Kenit's efforts ultimately came to naught, and he was executed by Emperor Palpatine himself for his failure. (Read more…)
Peshk Vri'syk was a male Bothan pilot who served in Rogue Squadron, the New Republic's elite starfighter unit, in 6 ABY. Born on Bothawui, Vri'syk was trained in flight combat at the Bothan Martial Academy. His performance earned him an appointment to Rogue Squadron when the unit was reconstituted in 6 ABY by Commander Wedge Antilles. Vri'syk's assignment was also politically motivated; the Bothans wanted a member of their species represented in the New Republic's flagship squadron because their spies had uncovered the location of the second Death Star, which Rogue Squadron subsequently assisted in destroying. The New Republic assented to the request.Although inexperienced, Vri'syk was an excellent pilot, and his training scores—along with the rest of the squadron's new recruits—were better than those of many front-line combat units. Vri'syk saw action at Chorax, and served in the effort to extract New Republic assets from the planet Hensara III. He survived a covert stormtrooper attack against the Rogue Squadron base on the planet Talasea, and participated in a retaliatory strike against Admiral Devlia, the Imperial officer who had ordered the assault. Vri'syk was killed during the First Battle of Borleias when a heavy ion cannon blast destroyed his X-wing starfighter. His legacy was later exaggerated by the Bothans to advance their political achievements. (Read more…)
June 2 (Week 23), 2014 – Nemet and Guun Han SareshNemet was a Human male who served in the Line Branch of the Imperial Navy, attaining the rank of Commander by 3 ABY. That year, he served as a logistics officer aboard the Imperial II-class Star Destroyer Avenger, attached to Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader's personal Star Destroyer fleet, Death Squadron. While serving aboard the Avenger, Nemet relayed important scanner information to the ship's commanding officer, Captain Lorth Needa. In 3 ABY, the Avenger aided Death Squadron's galaxy-wide search for the Alliance to Restore the Republic's headquarters, leading to the discovery of a hidden Rebel base on the planet Hoth. The Galactic Empire launched an assault on the base, and following the battle, the Avenger was charged with pursuing the fugitive YT-1300 light freighter Millennium Falcon from the Hoth system. Nemet was aboard the Avenger's command bridge when the Star Destroyer lost track of the Falcon in the Anoat system, and he reported to Captain Needa that the freighter was no longer visible on the Avenger's sensors. When Darth Vader demanded an update on the pursuit of the Falcon, Captain Needa requested Nemet and the rest of his command crew to continue searching for the freighter before going to the Dark Lord's flagship, the Executor-class Star Dreadnought Executor, to personally apologize for his failure—an act that would lead to the Captain's execution. (Read more…)
Guun Han Saresh was a male Twi'lek Jedi Knight best known for his exploits during the Great Hunt of 3,993 BBY. A native of the planet Taris, Saresh was born into a rich and powerful family with a history of Force-sensitivity. At some point, Saresh was taken in by the Jedi Order, completing his Jedi training and earning the title of Knight. In the aftermath of the Great Sith War, Saresh joined a hunting party of Jedi Knights, including Humans Duron Qel-Droma and Shaela Nuur, who distinguished themselves during the Great Hunt—a collective Jedi effort to eliminate Sith-created beasts across the galaxy.In 3,993 BBY, one week after the official end of the Hunt, Saresh, Qel-Droma and Nuur were sent to Korriban on a secret mission to eliminate the vicious and highly dangerous terentatek from the Sith homeworld. However, Saresh's disapproval of Qel-Droma's and Nuur's budding romance fractured the group, leading to the Twi'lek abandoning them on Korriban and setting off instead for Kashyyyk, to hunt a terentatek that he had heard existed in the world's dark Shadowlands. The beast did exist, and Saresh set a trap for it—when Saresh attempted to attack the terentatek, however, his Force-imbued blade broke on its thick hide. Without any defense, Saresh was swiftly devoured by the terentatek. (Read more…)
June 9 (Week 24), 2014 – Zafiel Snopps and Seth CambrielZafiel Snopps was a male Human from the planet Corulag who was one of the dominant political figures on his homeworld for several decades. A businessman and captain of industry, Snopps earned appointments to represent Corulag as its senator in the Galactic Republic Senate, as well as its successor, the Imperial Senate. When the Imperial Senate was disbanded by Galactic Emperor Palpatine in 0 BBY, Snopps was granted a special dispensation to serve as Corulag's Imperial governor. In that position, he presided over Corulag's ruling body, the House of Citizens, and worked to ensure that the planet's industry and economy thrived under his stewardship. Snopps' position on Corulag afforded him great power and prestige, and he was often left to control the affairs of the Bormea sector while its Moff, Jamson Caglio, was on the galactic capital Coruscant advising the Emperor. Well liked by the citizens of Corulag, Snopps was elected to represent the planet in the New Republic Senate once his homeworld decided to join the new galactic coalition. (Read more…)
Seth Cambriel was a Human male who resided on the resort planet Spira during the Galactic Civil War. A self-made multi-millionaire playboy, Cambriel posed as a genteel gentlemen of leisure, moving within the high society of Spira's elite while also working as a spy for the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Using his access to high-ranking Imperial officials, along with a network of informants who had no idea of his true allegiance, he passed on sensitive information to the Alliance. Cambriel worked alongside Harbold Taft, a fellow spy and infiltrator, as a two-man cell on the planet.During the Galactic Civil War, Cambriel and a group of Rebel agents entered the 345th annual Spira Regatta Open, a famous yacht race, as a cover to recover Alliance supplies from a derelict alien spacecraft known as the wreck that was submerged in Spira's oceans. The supplies, dropped on Spira by a smuggler and hidden by Cambriel and Taft, were vital to Alliance operations in the sector. Despite the threat of Imperial interference—and the unwanted presence of Regenald Hanniper Snopps III, son of Corulag's Imperial governor, Zafiel Snopps—Cambriel and the agents successfully recovered the supplies and smuggled them off-planet. (Read more…)
10-4TO was a rogue TO-series protocol droid, also known as Bug Eyes, whose databank was rumored to contain vital plans for the Whiplash resistance against the Galactic Empire. The droid and its rumored data were in fact a lure devised by Darth Vader to attract the Jedi Knight Jax Pavan, whom he sought in order to obtain a pyronium nugget given to him years earlier. The droid was then set loose on the planet Coruscant in hopes of being found by Pavan, who was reported to be working with the resistance. Pavan's master began looking for the droid. The Jedi Master encountered the ex-Republic soldier Nick Rostu after being mortally wounded by Imperial stormtroopers and asked Rostu to pass on the mission to find 10-4TO to Pavan, which he did. Later, Vader had Rostu captured and sent him to find Pavan. 10-4TO could be controlled by the single phrase "zu woohama," which would cause it to obey the individual who had most recently spoken the phrase. The droid was also capable of delivering powerful stunning blasts to organic creatures with a blaster mounted in its left arm.
The ostensible value of its databanks made it the objective of crime lord Prince Xizor's final mission on the path to becoming a Vigo in the Black Sun criminal organization. The head of Black Sun, Dal Perhi, sent Xizor to find and locate the droid. However, Perhi had noticed Xizor's ambition and the mission to locate the droid was a ruse to have a Black Sun assassin, Kaird, eliminate Xizor. The plan failed, and Kaird was captured by Xizor, who had found and controlled 10-4TO by this point. Xizor took Kaird and 10-4TO to the Coruscant Industrial Zone, where he planned to have Kaird brainwashed, but instead, feral droids had destroyed his facility.At this point, the trio were found by Pavan and his party. Though initially subdued, Rostu, who had joined up with Pavan, used the control phrase to have 10-4TO release him. Xizor regained control of the droid and attempted to have 10-4TO disable the others in the party before they could escape. The droid fired on Pavan and closed on him when he hid behind cover, only to have the Jedi stab it with a vibroblade. 10-4TO staggered back and fell through a transparisteel window and dropped out of sight, where it was set upon by feral droids and destroyed. Pavan and his party later learned from an Imperial defector, the Elomin Haninum Tyk Rhinann, that 10-4TO and its rumored databanks had only been a trap for Pavan and were not actually of value to the resistance. (Read more…)
Tulvarees were a species of semi-sentient avian hunters native to the planet of Pochi. Each of their wings was tipped with three razor-sharp talons, and their small mouths were filled with sharp teeth. There were a number of different Tulvaree tribes, which engaged in intense warfare with each other. When the Human pirate Faarl the Conqueror took control of their homeworld, the Tulvarees quickly learned how to take orders from the warlord. Faarl, recognizing a source of soldiers, provided a constant food supply to the Tulvarees in exchange for their allegiance. (Read more…)
June 23 (Week 26), 2014 – Venan civil war and Celly Organa
A bloody civil war was fought in the Expansion Region's Vena system during the waning years of the Galactic Republic. With Baron Kindoro's ascension to the throne on the planet Vena in 57 BBY, the Vena system was opened to free trade, marking an abrupt change from the customary policies constituted throughout its history. Built on the traditions of independence and isolationism, Venan society strongly opposed that measure, and reactionary groups took up arms against the Venan royal family. Following Kindoro's natural death, his wife, the Baroness Omnino, rose to power, which considerably deteriorated the state of affairs.Omnino proved to be an even more intolerant and ruthless ruler than her late husband, and adamantly led the efforts to crush the insurgency until her death in 37 BBY at the hands of Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn on the planet Ord Mantell. Jinn, along with his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi, had unraveled a large, illegal scheme to have Vena admitted as a Republic world and gain support from the Galactic Senate against the Isolationists. When confronted with the truth, the Baroness threatened to kill Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum, to which Jinn responded by swiftly beheading Omnino. Up until her death, the initial crisis and subsequent civil war had raged for at least twenty years. (Read more…)
Celly Organa was a Human female from Alderaan and a member of the House of Organa, one of the most famous and influential noble families of the galaxy. One of four children, she was the sister of Bail, Rouge, and Tia Organa. Although she was born into wealth and privilege on an idyllic planet, Organa did not remain idle; in the years leading up to the Clone Wars, she served as Chairwoman of the Refugee Relief Movement. Under her chairmanship, the movement established a new settlement on the site of Chianar, the cornerstone of which was laid in 22 BBY.Three years later, Organa's brother Bail, then–senator of the Alderaan sector, decided to adopt a baby daughter named Leia. Organa joined him in the upbringing of his adopted offspring. As a tutor, she could not hide her exasperation with her niece's tomboyish nature, but she loved her nonetheless. Ultimately, Leia turned out well and followed in her father's footsteps, succeeding him as senator to the Imperial Senate. In 0 BBY, Celly Organa died along with most of her compatriots when the Galactic Empire destroyed her homeworld with a shot from the superlaser of the planet-killing Death Star. (Read more…)
June 30 (Week 27), 2014 – RC-1013 and Zelka Forn
RC-1013, also known as "Sarge," was a clone commando sergeant who served in the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. In 22 BBY, he survived the war's initiation on the planet Geonosis. During the war, he and two clone squads undertook a mission to Ord Mantell in order to retrieve a stolen diplomatic package intended for Supreme Chancellor Palpatine from diplomats on the planet Malastare. Sarge managed to successfully retrieve the package from a group of Trandoshan bounty hunters, although both commando units were eliminated in the process. He eventually joined Aiwha Squad, a squad of clone commandos consisting of RC-2088, Tyto, and Di'kut. He and his comrades were placed under Jedi General Traavis' command and served under the Jedi Master during the Galactic Republic's sieges of Separatist-controlled worlds in the Outer Rim.During a campaign on the planet Garqi, Sarge and the rest of Aiwha Squad escorted a young orphan boy named Evan to a refugee camp on Garqi. After reporting to Traavis, RC-1013 received a command from Chancellor Palpatine to execute Order 66, which labeled all Jedi Knights as traitors to the Republic. RC-1013 immediately ordered the rest of Aiwha Squad to turn against Traavis, promptly executing the Jedi. (Read more…)
Zelka Forn was an elderly Human male doctor who was running a clinic in a part of the Upper City on the planet Taris by the year 3,956 BBY. Forn would not refuse help to anyone, regardless of social or xenophobic reasons that would cause others to turn them away. When Revan, a soldier in service to the Galactic Republic, arrived on Taris after his ship, the Endar Spire, was destroyed following a Sith attack, Forn asked him for assistance in procuring a serum for the Rakghoul plague, a disease that transformed those infected into rakghouls—violent, deformed mutants. Revan journeyed into the Undercity of Taris and found the corpse of a Sith soldier who was carrying the rakghoul serum. Despite a large offer of credits from Gurney, Forn's own assistant, if Revan gave the serum to the crime lord Davik Kang, Revan chose to give the antidote to Forn instead, who proceeded to try and make it readily available to those infected by the plague. Although Taris was bombarded by the Sith, Forn's synthesized serum would be recovered over three centuries later, and his work helped Republic scientists make progress against the rakghoul virus that continued to plague Taris. (Read more…)
July 7 (Week 28), 2014 – Roark Garnet and ?
Roark Garnet was a Human male from the planet Socorro. During the Galactic Civil War, he operated as a smuggler, much to the dismay of his parents. He piloted a HWK-290 light freighter, the Moldy Crow, until his sister, Neena, was killed by the Tiss'shar gunfighter Uul-Rha-Shan. Upon her passing, Garnet inherited her freighter, the Dorion Discus, and used the Moldy Crow to pay off a loan that he had been forced to take out from crime lord Grappa the Hutt to cover his running expenses. Styling himself as an adventurer and entrepreneur, Garnet loved the life he led and viewed his lifestyle as true freedom.Garnet had many adventures throughout the galaxy, and often traveled with companions. Joh Yowza, a Yuzzum, worked with Garnet after stowing away aboard his ship, before leaving to join the band Evar Orbus and His Galactic Jizz-Wailers. Hawk Carrow served as Garnet's most regular co-pilot, as did the Wookiee Nagraoao. Garnet also traveled with his daughter Jill, her grandfather Jackson Farseeker, and the bounty hunter Tantos Dree. While he had no political leanings toward either the Galactic Empire or the Alliance to Restore the Republic, Garnet hated the Empire for making it hard for him to earn a living through their restrictive laws and edicts, and had several run-ins with their military forces and law enforcement agencies. However, the Socorran was willing to work for the Alliance on at least one occasion when he was contracted to ferry supplies by one of their operatives, Selnia Harbright. (Read more…)