January 7, (Week 2) 2008 – Nantex-class territorial defense starfighter and Zayne CarrickEdit
The Nantex-class territorial defense starfighter, also known as the beak-wing fighter or simply the Geonosian starfighter, was a model of starfighter that was manufactured by Huppla Pasa Tisc Shipwrights Collective and designed for the exclusive use of the Geonosians when guarding their territories against intruders. During the Clone Wars, these small, speedy craft would see service with the naval and land forces of the Confederacy of Independent Systems in a small number of key battles, including the campaigns of Sev'rance Tann and the Battle of Muunilinst, as well as the Battle of Geonosis itself that saw the opening shots of that pan-galactic conflict.
Zayne Carrick was a Human Padawan learner during the Mandalorian Wars. Hailing from the family of a banker and a gardener, Zayne was barely accepted into the Jedi Order, with his level of Force sensitivity described as "marginal", and spent his youngling days at the Jedi Enclave on Dantooine. He was later assigned as the Padawan to Jedi Master Lucien Draay who, unbeknownst to both Zayne and the Dantooine Enclave Council, was a member of a secret Jedi organization bent on preventing the return of the Sith by any means necessary.
Training on the city-world of Taris under the supervision of Lucien and four other Jedi Masters, Zayne never expected to go far; he lacked confidence in his abilities, performed poorly for a future Jedi, and was treated as little more than a source of comic relief. Not even expecting to be knighted, he nevertheless attended the knighting ceremony—but, running late, was shocked to see his four fellow Padawans dead—killed by their own Masters in cold blood.
As Zayne later discovered, the Masters saw a vision that identified one of the Padawans as a threat to the Jedi Order and the Galactic Republic. As the only surviving Padawan, still seen as an enemy by the Jedi Covenant, he united with Marn Hierogryph, a Tarisian black-marketeer he used to chase in the past as a law enforcer, and two mysterious Arkanian offshoots, Camper and Jarael in his quest to avenge his murdered friends and force the Masters to confess in their crime and clear his name. Little did he know that, on his run, he would be thrown right in the middle of the emerging Mandalorian Wars, chased by the Republic and the Mandalorians alike.
January 14, (Week 3) 2008 – Arca Jeth and CarositeEdit
Arca Jeth was an Arkanian male who was a Jedi Master and Watchman of the Onderon system. He was known to have been one of the wisest Jedi of the Old Republic era, and trained Ulic Qel-Droma, his brother Cay Qel-Droma, and the Twi'lek Tott Doneeta in the ways of the Force. He was also one of the first known Jedi to use the ability of battle meditation.
In 4,050 BBY Master Jeth was part of a Jedi/Republic task force which was sent to the Hapes Cluster to eliminate the threat of the Lorell Raiders, who had been preying on Republic shipping lanes for decades. Following the defeat of the Lorell Raiders, Jeth took part in the Hyabb-Twith Campaign and helped drive the Nelori Marauders from the Hyabb-Twith Corridor. He served the Galactic Republic on Coruscant during the Great Droid Revolution of 4,015 BBY in which he demonstrated the Force technique that allowed the Jedi to deactivate the attacking droids using the Force. He would later mediate the Beast Wars on Onderon, and help drive the dark side spirit of Freedon Nadd from the planet. After helping Onderon to obtain peace, Arca was slain at the Conclave on Deneba by a Krath war droid.
In the arms of his most gifted student, Ulic Qel-Droma, Arca Jeth became one with the Force.
Carosites were a mammalian sentient species originally native to the planet Carosi IV. However, when the star Carosi began to rapidly expand, they were forced to evacuate their entire population to the outer planet Carosi XII and rebuild their civilization.
Carosites were renowned throughout the galaxy for their medical skills. Their medical academies attracted some of the galaxy's greatest doctors to study and teach, drawn by their significant advancements in the treatment of mental illnesses and in medical droid technology. Carosites were generally pacifists, although on occasion flew into berserker rages to protect their patients. Their reverence for life and medical acumen culminated in their famous hospital ship, the Sudden Restoration. Throughout the Galactic Civil War it provided free health care to all, without regard to political affiliation.
January 21, (Week 4) 2008 – Dace Diath and BouncerEdit
Dace Diath was a Human male and one of many Jedi Knights who trained under Master Vodo-Siosk Baas. He spent the majority of his early life on Tatooine being taught his initial training by his father, the Jedi Master Sidrona Diath. Upon completion of this training, he traveled to Ossus and became an apprentice to Master Vodo. He would eventually be one of the Jedi sent as reinforcements to help Ulic Qel-Droma during the Freedon Nadd Uprising on Onderon. He later participated in the Convocation at Mount Meru and fought against the Krath during the Great Sith War.
Dace Diath, along with fellow Jedi Qrrrl Toq and Shoaneb Culu, was killed when Aleema Keto used Sith powers to destroy a star in the Cron Drift. He was an ancestor of Jedi Master Nico Diath and Padawan Tae Diath.
Bouncers were the native sentient species of Ruusan. Globe-like creatures, they received their name from their method of locomotion: propelled by the wind, they bounced themselves off obstacles to reach great heights.
Their homeworld was the location of a great battle between the forces of the Army of Light and the Brotherhood of Darkness during the New Sith Wars. The Bouncers tried to ease the struggles of both sides, bringing support and comfort to the dying using their mild telepathic abilities. When the conflict ended with Lord Kaan unleashing the thought bomb, trapping the spirits of hundreds of Jedi and Sith inside, the Bouncers maintained a prophecy that "a Knight would come, a battle would be fought, and the prisoners go free." The Bouncers helped fulfill this prophecy when they guided Kyle Katarn to the Valley of the Jedi over a thousand years later. A Bouncer was also responsible for the survival of Rain, who went on to become the Sith Lord Darth Zannah.
January 28, (Week 5) 2008 – Matt Talon and Oss WilumEdit
Matt Talon was a Human male who served as a light scout trooper in the First Sun Mobile Regiment. During his time as a First Sun trooper, he was wounded during a battle which left him with a distinguishable scar on his face, which ran from his right eye down to the right corner of his mouth. After the company he served in was almost completely wiped out in an Imperial attack, he became disillusioned with his mercenary service, and began wandering the galaxy. During this time he continued to wear his First Sun Mobile battle armor, and found work as a bounty hunter. He was also a member of The Most Honourable Guild of Armourers, which included such famous members as Boba Fett, and Dengar.
He eventually made contact with the Rebel Alliance, and he was assigned to work with the Sullustan named Thila, aboard the ship Arkanian Dawn. This decision turned out to work in his favor, and through his work with Thila, he developed a deep-seated loyalty for her. His work with the Alliance helped him channel his rage and disillusionment into something productive, and he was able to become an effective soldier in the fight against the Empire.
Oss Wilum was a Vultan male who served as a Jedi Knight during the days of the Old Republic. He was originally apprenticed to Jedi Master Garnoo, and would later train alongside Nomi Sunrider under Jedi Master Thon.
He was one of a select number of Jedi sent to aid Ulic Qel-Droma during the Naddist Revolt, and would later fight in the Great Sith War. During this conflict he was one of several Jedi tricked by the rogue Jedi Exar Kun into turning against the Jedi Order. Oss was seduced by Kun's lies that he had discovered ancient Jedi secrets that the Masters of the Order were hiding from others. Following Kun's orders, Wilum returned to Ambria and attempted to slay Master Thon by calling upon two Hssiss from a nearby lake. Thon killed the Hssiss and was able to bring Oss back from the dark side of the Force.
February 4, (Week 6) 2008 – 501st Legion and Wes JansonEdit
The 501st Legion, also known as "Vader's Fist" and the Five Hundred and First during the Galactic Civil War, was a legion of elite clone troopers commissioned by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine during the Clone Wars.
The 501st later became Darth Vader's personal stormtrooper unit after he led them during Operation: Knightfall. After fighting in some of the greatest battles of the post-Ruusan Reformation era, the 501st became one of the most well-known and most feared legions.
During the Galactic Civil War, the 501st was the last remnant of the Grand Army of the Republic fully composed of clones of Jango Fett, as opposed to the ever-growing and more diverse Stormtrooper Corps where the Fett clones became a minority with the inclusion of a pool of clones from different templates and birth-born recruits. Eventually, with the relaxing of Imperial NhM policies, more diverse recruits would be added to the 501st, including even non-Humans.
Members of the 501st constructed a journal of their thoughts during some of the most infamous battles in which they fought.
Wes Janson (pronounced /Wěs Jǎn'-sǔn/) was an ace starfighter pilot of the Alliance to Restore the Republic and New Republic. He served with Rogue Squadron, the Rebellion's most elite starfighter squadron. As a key member of the Rogues, he fought at the battles of Hoth and Endor, among others. He would later go on to serve with Wraith Squadron, the New Republic's pilot/commando unit. Janson eventually reached the rank of Major after years of service fighting against the Galactic Empire, including the campaigns against Warlord Zsinj, Prince-Admiral Delak Krennel, and Grand Admiral Thrawn.
Janson retired from active service after the end of the Galactic Civil War, but returned to serve the New Republic by leading a group of volunteers during the Yuuzhan Vong War. After the Yuuzhan Vong surrender, Janson would once again return to combat in the Confederation-Galactic Alliance War, joining Rakehell Squadron in support of Luke Skywalker's insurgency against Jacen Solo.
Aside from his piloting skills, Janson was a gunner, first and foremost. He was regarded as a deadly shot with blasters and skilled at hand-to-hand combat. When not fighting, he was known for his practical jokes and witticisms among his fellow pilots.
February 11, (Week 7) 2008 – Callista Ming and Daric LaRoneEdit
Callista Ming was a Human Jedi Knight from Chad during the waning years of the Galactic Republic. A former Padawan of Djinn Altis, Callista survived the initial stages of the Great Jedi Purge and made contact with other survivors on Belsavis. When the automated dreadnought Eye of Palpatine came to demolish the settlement, Callista and her lover Geith launched a desperate mission to sabotage the ship. They were successful, but in the process, Callista shed her physical body, remaining embedded in the ship as a disembodied ghost.
Many years later, Luke Skywalker and several other Jedi were brought onto the ship as it resumed its mission. Callista, in spirit form, communicated and began to fall in love with Luke. She later took the body of one of the other Jedi, Cray Mingla, after Cray gave it up to stop the superweapon once and for all. However, in the process, Callista lost her ability to touch the Force. Despite this loss, Callista helped thwart Admiral Daala and the Death Seed plague conspiracy, though she and Luke parted ways forever.
Daric LaRone was a Human male stormtrooper born on Copperline. He had two younger brothers. While serving on the Reprisal, he became unsatisfied with service to the New Order after being ordered to massacre civilians on Teardrop. Confronted by Imperial Security Bureau Major Drelfin over his tacit refusal to kill the civilians, he was forced to kill Drelfin in self-defense. He and fellow stormtroopers Korlo Brightwater, Taxtro Grave, Saberan Marcross, and Joak Quiller took an ISB-modified Suwantek TL-1800, the Gillia, and fled, intending to go the Outer Rim Territories.
However, still feeling compelled by their duty to Imperial citizens, LaRone led the group in a number of vigilante actions on Drunost and Janusar, with LaRone christening them the Hand of Judgment. Later, he and his four comrades met up with Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Chewbacca and they managed to work out a mutual working relationship between the Rebels and ex-stormtroopers. LaRone and the group ended up on Shelkonwa, where they helped Mara Jade eliminate treasonous Governor Barshnis Choard.
February 18, (Week 8) 2008 – Ephant Mon and Hallis SaperEdit
Ephant Mon was a Chevin male from the planet Vinsoth. Despite his awkward appearance, Mon was a skilled and powerful combatant and, during his youth, he was considered handsome by Chevin standards. Mon started off as a mercenary in his youth before becoming a gunrunner, supplying arms to all sorts of military factions, from planetary militia groups to the more organized Rebel Alliance. His goods were usually stolen Imperial weapons which, though outdated, were still serviceable. Mon also worked as a slaver at some point in his lengthy life.
An old acquaintance of Jabba Desilijic Tiure, Mon served as the Hutt's liaison and took care of his estate while Jabba was away on business. The Hutt's trust in Mon was founded in their life-long friendship which saw the two friends pursue many collective paths, both having once worked together as high-risk gunrunners. After Jabba saved his life on Glakka, Ephant became the Hutt's head of security, rooting out several conspiracies and assassination plots. Although he repaid his dept in abundance, Mon's loyalty to Jabba was unswerving, and he kept his position for several decades, until Jabba's death in 4 ABY. Mon was extremely loyal to the Hutt, for Jabba had once saved his life—Mon regularly turned down extravagant offers from Jabba's rival, Lady Valarian, who wanted to see the old Chevin leave Jabba's employ and join her criminal enterprise.
Ephant Mon was friendly with many of the regulars in Jabba's Palace, such as the Klatooinian Barada; however, he particularly despised Ree-Yees and Salacious Crumb. Ephant, who was slightly Force-sensitive, did not perish in the Battle of the Great Pit of Carkoon, instead preferring to stay at Jabba's Palace after he sensed the Force in Luke Skywalker.
Hallis Saper was a freelance holodocumentarian who later served with New Republic Intelligence. A tall, slender Human female from Bonadan, Hallis typically wore her long brown hair either in a braid or in large, elaborate pilings atop her head. Originally trained in sludgenews, Hallis experienced a turning point in her career when she accompanied Red Flight to Adumar as a mission documentarian. Despite the fact that the mission didn't go according to plan, with the pilots becoming enemies of Adumar's largest state, Cartann, Hallis was loyal to the pilots and played a vital role in their survival by convincing Iella Wessiri to disregard her orders and assist the New Republic pilots. Following the mission, she went on to join New Republic Intelligence, serving in the Yuuzhan Vong War as part of a disinformation campaign.
February 25, (Week 9) 2008 – Gotal and Cindel TowaniEdit
Gotals were a species of tall, hairy humanoid sentients native to the moon Antar 4. Their most distinctive features were the twin conical horns growing on the top of their heads, which acted as highly responsive electromagnetic sensors. These head cones were sensitive enough to pick up subtle changes in another being's electromagnetic emissions from emotional changes, making Gotals natural empaths. The unique nature of these sensors shaped Gotal culture, and helped individual Gotals carve niches in galactic society ranging from bounty hunters to diplomats.
Gotals were part of galactic society as far back as the early days of the Galactic Republic. During this time, Gotals served the Republic as Jedi and as Antarian Rangers. In the Republic's later years, however, their relations with other cultures became troubled. Conflicts such as the Duinuogwuin-Gotal conflict and the Separatist Crisis resulted in the Gotals taking the losing side in the Clone Wars. Distrusted by and distrusting of the Galactic Empire, the Gotals returned to the mainstream as part of the New Republic and later, the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances.
Cindel Towani was a female Human journalist during the time of the New Republic. When she was five standard years of age, her family crash-landed on the forest moon of Endor where her parents were captured by the native Gorax. Cindel, along with her teenage brother Mace and the Ewok tribe that included Wicket Warrick, managed to rescue the Towani parents.
It was in vain, however, as both of Cindel's parents and Mace were later killed by a group of Sanyassan Marauders. She and Wicket were eventually taken in by another stranded Human, an old man named Noa Briqualon. Together, they managed to defeat the Sanyassans, and the two Humans were able to leave the Endor moon using the power cell of the Towani family's star cruiser—which they had retrieved from the marauders.
March 3, (Week 10) 2008 – Shoaneb Culu and Teneniel DjoEdit
Shoaneb Culu was a female Miraluka who served as a Jedi Knight in the days of the Old Republic. She traveled from her homeworld of Alpheridies to seek out a Jedi who could train her in the ways of the Force, planning to return one day to her homeworld and establish a Jedi academy there. She wished to bring Jedi training to the already Force-sensitive Miraluka, so that other Miraluka would not have to travel from their homeworld to learn about the Force. She eventually found her way to the Jedi library world of Ossus where she trained under the Jedi Master Vodo-Siosk Baas—she would ultimately become a very knowledgeable student of the history of the Jedi Order. Following the completion of her training, she was selected to be one of the few Jedi who were sent as reinforcements to help Ulic Qel-Droma during the Freedon Nadd Uprising on Onderon. The Naddist Revolt helped identify Shoaneb as an aspiring and deserving Jedi, and she would later participate in the Convocation at Mount Meru, as well as fight against the Krath during the Great Sith War.
She was an experienced and talented pilot, choosing to fly a S-100 Stinger-class starfighter in most conflicts. During the Great Sith War, she flew as Jedi Three against the Krath on Cinnagar. She was also one of a handful of Jedi who learned how to fly one of the Beast Riders' war beasts shortly after The Naddist Revolt.
Raised by her grandmother Augwynne Djo after her mother Allaya's untimely death, Teneniel was gifted in the use of the Spell of Storm. After living in semi-exile in the desert while searching her dreams and looking for a husband to kidnap, she came across Luke Skywalker and Isolder, the latter of whom she eventually married.
After Isolder's mother Ta'a Chume stepped down as Queen Mother, Teneniel and Isolder reigned over the Hapes Consortium for approximately 17 years. During the Yuuzhan Vong War, Teneniel suffered a Force-induced miscarriage that left her semi-catatonic and vulnerable to attacks from many who had deemed her unfit to rule. In 27 ABY, an attempt to kill Teneniel initiated by Ta'a Chume was executed successfully, with her daughter Tenel Ka succeeding her as Queen Mother.
March 10, (Week 11) 2008 – Corwin Shelvay and IndependenceEdit
Corwin Shelvay was a male Human Jedi Knight in the time of Emperor Palpatine's Great Jedi Purge. The apprentice of Darrin Arkanian, Shelvay traveled the galaxy with his master until he was captured by the Empire on Coruscant. Arkanian rescued him at the cost of his own life, falling to the blade of Antinnis Tremayne. Shelvay got his revenge on Tremayne, grievously injuring him, but came perilously close to the dark side in the process.
After wandering the galaxy in search of a new purpose, Shelvay eventually joined the Rebel Alliance. In the following years he recruited new members into its ranks and led special forces teams in attacks against the Empire. He may have even trained students of his own in the ways of the Force.
The Independence was a MC80 Home One type Star Cruiser that, under the command of Admiral Ackbar, acted as the Rebel Alliance Fleet's flagship in the early years of the Galactic Civil War. It acted as a staging ground for several hit and fade attacks against the Galactic Empire and saw action several times against Imperial forces. During this time it also oversaw the training of several promising recruits to the Alliance to Restore the Republic.
The Independence acted as communications control ship for the Alliance Fleet at the Battle of Endor. Six months later it participated in the Battle of Brentaal IV. Almost twenty years later, it would again see action, fighting the Yuuzhan Vong for the New Republic.
March 17, (Week 12) 2008 – Deena Shan and Knowledge BankEdit
Deena Shan was a young Human female who, looking for adventure and a better life for herself, left her homeworld of Etti IV and became a private in the Alliance to Restore the Republic shortly after the Battle of Yavin. Initially working as a supply officer on the Kalla's Stanchion, she found herself accompanying Han Solo, Leia Organa and Chewbacca, after an Imperial attack and fighting alongside the famous Rebels solidified her decision to join the Alliance.
She later posed as an Imperial lieutenant on a mission to the Imperial base of Kalist VI, where she and Imperial captain Kale Roshuir quickly developed a mutual attraction. Despite her feelings for him, Deena led Roshuir's forces into a trap where many of them were killed, allowing the Rebels to free the captive Jorin Sol and escape with a group of Jabiimi slaves and vital fuel for the Alliance Fleet, but forever making an enemy of her lover.
Confused by her feelings for Roshuir and determined to prove her worth to the Rebels, Deena later accompanied Luke Skywalker on a mission to rescue his old friend Janek Sunber. Despite again encountering Kale Roshuir, who attempted to stop them, Deena and Luke were able to rescue Sunber and return to the Rebel Fleet, though their unsanctioned mission resulted in them both being disciplined. The two would soon work together once more in a mission to infiltrate Bannistar Station.
The Knowledge Bank was a sentience native to Mon Calamari that was aware of all events that happened on the ocean world. Consisting of a cluster of mollusks, the Knowledge Bank used telepathy to gain information on events all across the planet as well as from the minds of those who visited it. It would then relay that information to those who could communicate with it, either telepathically or with the special ritual language other denizens of Mon Calamari used.
The Bank was sacred to the native Mon Calamari and Quarren, and its existence was kept a closely guarded secret. A group of smugglers and bounty hunters accessed it in 1 BBY in their search for the treasure known as the Yavin Vassilika, and the Jedi Cilghal used it in 11 ABY to find the missing Admiral Ackbar.
March 24, (Week 13) 2008 – Garik Loran and Tig FrommEdit
Garik "Face" Loran was an Imperial holovid child star. Later in life, Loran escaped the Empire and had a change of heart, joining the Rebel Alliance and serving as a starfighter pilot. After a rather unimpressive career, Loran was recruited into Wraith Squadron by Wedge Antilles. Face flourished in the Wraiths, using his skills and talents at acting to help destroy the Implacable and the Razor's Kiss through unorthodox schemes such as posing as General Kargin, the leader of the Hawk-bat Independent Space Force. He eventually was promoted to captain and became the commander of the Wraiths after Wedge transferred back to Rogue Squadron.
When the New Republic Intelligence Service took over Wraith Squadron, Loran followed the unit over to Intelligence. Loran served as commander of the Wraiths for many years, including through the entire Yuuzhan Vong War. He helped defend Borleias and infiltrate occupied Coruscant, along with Luke Skywalker, Mara Jade Skywalker, Tahiri Veila, and Danni Quee, the latter mission resulting in the successful elimination of the dangerous Dark Jedi Lord Nyax before the Dark Jedi could escape from the planet.
Tig Fromm was an Annoo-dat gangster and, as the son of Sise Fromm, heir to the then-most-powerful crime family in the galaxy. Through a series of misadventures he came to be known by the nicknames Baby-Face Fromm and Junior Fromm.
Tig ran the Fromm Gang's operation on Ingo where he developed a belief that the Fromm Gang could achieve dominance over their rivals through the acquisition of advanced technology. To this end, he attempted to steal a powerful new laser from the scientist Lonn Idd, but was thwarted by intervention of the droids C-3PO and R2-D2.
Tig later developed the weapons satellite Trigon One as part of a plot to overthrow the other gangs. However, the interference of the Annoo Resistance led to the destruction of the Trigon One and the downfall of the Fromm Gang. Tig, along with his father, was later turned over to rival crimelord Jabba Desilijic Tiure by the bounty hunter Boba Fett.
March 31, (Week 14) 2008 – Danni Quee and ElomEdit
Danni Quee was a New Republic scientist during the Yuuzhan Vong War. She was present at the very first Yuuzhan Vong incursions into the galaxy, experiencing the horrors of war and the ferocity of the invaders from Helska 4 to Coruscant. Danni, though originally an astrophysicist, soon became an expert on the Yuuzhan Vong's biots and biotechnology, searching for ways to counter their weaponry. She was constantly near the front lines on the war, seeking to decipher the alien organisms while honing her latent Force abilities. Her efforts led to the development of yammosk detection and jamming equipment, a valuable contribution to the war effort. Danni accompanied Luke Skywalker and Jacen Solo to Zonama Sekot, where she was fascinated by the living planet. At the war's end, Danni remained on Zonama Sekot, resigning from the Jedi Order during the Dark Nest Crisis.
Eloms were short, stocky, bipedal sentients, with a thick pelt of oily, dark fur, native to the frigid and mineral-rich desert planet of Elom, located in the Borderland Regions. The primitive species had extremely tough skin, several layers of fat, and their hands and feet were coated by thick calluses.
As a result of living in dark caves, where the only light was created by phosphorescent crystals, Eloms had exceptional eyesight, though they could not tolerate bright light. Rarely leaving their underground habitats, Eloms were pacifistic and peaceful herbivores, despite their savage and fearsome appearance.
Although they were highly ambitious and intelligent, Eloms were often manipulated into becoming involved with illegal activities, due to their underestimation of the capacity for wrong doing exhibited by other species. With an average lifespan similar to Humans, Eloms remained undiscovered for thousands of years by Galactic Republic scouts, although the species they shared the planet with, the tall humanoid Elomin, had made contact with the scouts long before they had even discovered the Eloms.
April 7, (Week 15) 2008 – Bureau of Scouting and Exploration Services and Winter CelchuEdit
The Bureau of Scouting and Exploration Services, more commonly called the New Republic Scout Service (which itself was shortened to NRSS), was the official exploration arm of the New Republic. Its goals included discovery of new planets and star systems, establishing relations with new species, and blazing new hyperspace routes. Created despite initial opposition from the New Republic Provisional Council, the NRSS eventually flourished into a galaxy-spanning organization with thousands of bases, depended upon by NRSS-employed scouts, corporate scouts, and independents.
Members of the New Republic Scout Service had a diverse array of backgrounds, from youngsters for whom it would be their first job, war-weary Rebel pilots and soldiers looking to augment their already formidable skills, and former Imperial Survey Corps scouts (many of whom had become disillusioned with the Empire and become independent scouts prior to Palpatine's death).
Winter Celchu, the only child of Sheltay Retrac, was raised as a sister and companion to Princess Leia Organa during the dark years of the Galactic Empire. Like her adopted sister, Winter became a pivotal player in the Galactic Civil War, serving in various roles but most notably as a spy. As an operative of Alliance Intelligence, she served the Rebel Alliance and later the New Republic admirably. Her holographic and audiographic memory gave her a special advantage in piecing together confusing situations or even simply computing data. She was often attached to Rogue Squadron as an intelligence officer, though sometimes under false identities.
Winter also served a vital role as Leia Organa's best friend, aide and confidante. She had special relationships with Leia's children Jaina, Jacen, and Anakin Solo, whom she raised during their first years of life. She had a long romance with Tycho Celchu, from whom she was often separated by war, but the couple would eventually marry. She was also known to be a close personal friend of Admiral Ackbar.
April 14, (Week 16) 2008 – Jarael and Lepus CarnivorusEdit
Jarael, born Edessa, was a female Arkanian and protector to the mechanic she knew only as "Camper" prior to and during the Mandalorian Wars. Jarael was a hot-tempered Arkanian offshoot with eyes and hands like Humans and pointed ears. She was a fierce fighter who demonstrated an extreme loyalty to Camper and her other allies; normally armed with a shockstaff, she was a tough opponent when fending off enemies, whether they be bounty hunters, Mandalorians or Jedi Masters.
The pair eventually settled on Taris in the Lower City, living out of a garbage hauler, The Last Resort. She became a traveling companion to the fugitive Zayne Carrick after he was framed for the Padawan Massacre of Taris. Along with the criminal Marn Hierogryph, the four attempted to evade capture by the Taris Civil Authority and the Jedi until Zayne turned himself in to save them. As the Jedi were about to pass sentence, Jarael rescued Zayne, touched by his sacrifice. The four, including a recovered bulk-lifter droid called "Elbee," escaped Taris, and went into hiding from the Jedi as the Mandalorian Wars erupted and the Republic found itself engaged in a devastating conflict.
However, after Camper fell ill, Jarael was forced to take him to Arkania, to the businessman Arkoh Adasca. Adasca, however, had other plans for both Jarael and Camper, and blackmailed Camper into serving him, while Jarael was helpless to stop the mad Arkanian. As Adasca sought more power from both Mandalorians and representatives of the Republic, the timely trap sprung by Zayne Carrick and other individuals stopped his plans. However, the weapon Adasca was bargaining with, creatures known as exogorths, forced Camper to lead them away from the Republic and known space. With the loss of Camper, Jarael traveled with Zayne Carrick to help him confront his notorious Jedi Masters and to clear his name.
The Lepus Carnivorus, more commonly known as Lepi, were a species of rabbit, ranging in color from green to dark blue. Their most distinctive features were long ears and feet and buck teeth. Native to the planet Coachelle Prime, their high reproductive rate forced them to colonize the entire star system to avoid overcrowding. The Lepus Carnivorus were typically gregarious individuals, although prone to bursts of anger if their family or species was insulted. Lepi were constantly in motion and were known for their speed.
The most famous Lepus Carnivorus was the smuggler Jaxxon, best known for his part in defending a village on Aduba-3, alongside New Republic hero Han Solo. Along with six others, they repelled the superior forces of the Cloud Riders. Other notable Lepi included the criminal Grubbat Fhilch, executed by Jabba the Hutt, and the Tatooine colonist Heff, killed by Jodo Kast.
April 21, (Week 17) 2008 – Roni von Wasaki and Sate PestageEdit
Roni von Wasaki was a male Human Jedi Knight of the Expansionist Era who established and maintained the peace in several frontier sectors. His presence earned the ire of local crime lords, who retaliated by placing a large bounty on his head. Though Wasaki was able to fend off many would-be captors, he fell prey to Leshy Drobo, Gammid, and XT-8. Though he was able to kill Gammid, the other two apprehended him, encased him in carbonite, and prepared to deliver him to their client.
However, Wasaki used the Force to enter Drobo's mind, and convinced the bounty hunter to set him free. The droid learned of this, and killed Drobo, but in the process, destroyed the hyperdrive of their craft, the Starkiller. The thirty day trip was elongated to 20,000 years, and Wasaki, preserved in carbonite, was slowly driven insane. Stumbled upon by a group of intrepid soldiers of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, Wasaki was freed in the Imperial Period, a desolate madman.
Sate Pestage was a long-time advisor and right-hand man to Palpatine, and one of the few people who truly knew him. Serving Palpatine from his days as a senator on Naboo, Pestage rose alongside him, becoming an advisor to Palpatine as Supreme Chancellor, and then Grand Vizier of the Galactic Empire.
During the time of the Galactic Republic, Pestage did much of Palpatine's covert work, from espionage to murder. As Grand Vizier, he controlled the day-to-day operations of the Empire by the time of the Battle of Hoth. He also served as Palpatine's assistant, tasting the Emperor's food for poisons, managing his schedule, and screening his calls.
After Palpatine's first death at the Battle of Endor, and as the highest surviving member of the Imperial hierarchy, Pestage assumed control of Coruscant and the Empire as the Interim-Emperor. However, the other Imperial Advisors turned on him, as did members of the military and Director of Imperial Intelligence Ysanne Isard. To save his life, Pestage made a deal with the New Republic to turn over Coruscant in exchange for immunity and planetary holdings. Isard closed on him, though, and Pestage was executed by Admiral Delak Krennel. However, the vizier was also said to have gone to Byss and died there; it was believed that one of these two Pestages was a clone.
April 28, (Week 18) 2008 – Tannon Praji and Rango TelEdit
Tannon Praji, a Human male, was the First Minister of the Coruscant Ministry of Ingress. Responsible for overseeing immigrants and emigrants to and from Coruscant, Praji ascended to the job in a difficult time. CMoI's directives began to clash with that of the Republic, and so Praji had to invalidate their core ideals for the sake of Republic security. During the Clone Wars, he closed the borders of Coruscant to all but those known to be loyal to the Republic. Later, he called for the deportation of all those hailing from Confederate worlds. He received much criticism for his hardliner policies, was labeled as a rich, uncaring maniac, and became the subject of several assassination attempts.
In reality, Praji resented the decisions he had to make, but he was under a great deal of pressure from other governmental factions. In order to relieve his stress, he spent a great deal of time at the Galaxies Opera House, where he would commune with political entities and industry tycoons. He enlisted the help of a bodyguard, Ottegru Grey, who secretly drew funds from Praji and donated them to Palpatine. This wound up working to Praji's advantage however, as he crept into favor with Palpatine, who would soon ascend to the position of Galactic Emperor.
Rango Tel was a Human male bounty hunter who hailed from Sernpidal. Growing up as a street ruffian, an instance of pure and utter luck led him to believe that it was his life's calling to become a bounty hunter. Defeating a drunkard in an unruly bar brawl, Tel ended up collecting a bounty he never pursued. Swindled into wearing an inappropriate vac-exposure suit that he believed was Mandalorian, and with the Pa'lowick smuggler Aneesa Dym at his side, he sought to find and kill Kam Nale for a local crime lord. His career, however, ended before it began, with Nale killing the hapless Tel in a back alley in Mos Espa.
Tel, or "Tank Head" as he was known by his contemporaries, was not particularly quick witted and was prone to violence. His naiveté caused him to overpay for an inadequate suit that he thought was Mandalorian and of high quality, and his inexperience led to his death. The circumstances under which he died also point to an ineptitude for combat, which was generally regarded as being unwise amongst the bounty hunting community.
May 5 (Week 19), 2008 – Tavion Axmis and Red NebulaEdit
Tavion Axmis was a female Human Dark Jedi at large during the early years of the New Republic. Apprenticed under the Dark Jedi Desann, Tavion traveled with him to find the lost Valley of the Jedi and served alongside him in Hethrir's Empire Reborn. After her defeat at the hands of Kyle Katarn and Desann's subsequent death, she became the leader of the Disciples of Ragnos cult. She took Alora as her apprentice, and set herself upon the task of resurrecting the ancient Sith Lord Marka Ragnos.
During Luke Skywalker's search for the cult, she turned Rosh Penin, one of Katarn's apprentices and a student at the Jedi Praxeum, to the dark side of the Force. Katarn and his apprentice Jaden Korr encountered and confronted her, Rosh, and Alora at Vjun, and subsequently, on Taspir III, where Alora was killed by Korr and Penin was returned to the light. Following this, Axmis journeyed to the Sith tomb world of Korriban to resurrect Ragnos; Korr was sent to stop her, and he defeated her after a fierce duel. In desperation, Axmis let the spirit of Ragnos fill her, and he guided her body in combat. She was killed after Korr defeated Ragnos, as her body could not withstand the ordeal.
The Red Nebula was a nebula that had drifted away from the main body of the galaxy. It contained a single inhabited planet, a multitude of stars, and a deadly meteor field. The planet boasted a race of red humanoids with pointed ears, who protected their homeworld from asteroid bombardment with mystical red jewels.
A group of exiles led by Klysk attempted to steal and destroy the jewels but were thwarted by Han Solo. The jewels were eventually stolen and the planet's cities were destroyed by Domina Tagge and a group of bounty hunters, which intended to use them as a weapon against the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Leia Organa and Lando Calrissian, however, were able to thwart Tagge's plan and avert disaster.
May 12 (Week 20), 2008 – Nomi Sunrider and TIE/D DefenderEdit
Nomi Sunrider was a Human female who served as a Jedi Master in the days of the Galactic Republic. As a young woman she married Andur Sunrider, who was training to become a Jedi Knight, and eventually Nomi gave birth to a baby girl, whom they named Vima. During a trip to the Stenness system, Andur was ambushed by gang members of Bogga the Hutt, who were after the Adegan crystals carried by Nomi and her husband. The ensuing fight witnessed the murder of Andur, and Nomi's decision to begin down the path to become a Jedi Knight. Nomi eventually completed her training under the Jedi Master Thon, and was placed in charge of the Jedi relief mission sent to Onderon to aid Ulic Qel-Droma in the Freedon Nadd Uprising. Along with several other Jedi, Nomi helped Ulic bring about the end of the Naddist Revolt, essentially putting an end to the reign of the Sith on Onderon. Following those events, Nomi was one of many Jedi to participate in the Great Sith War against the rise of Exar Kun and his apprentice, the fallen Jedi Ulic Qel-Droma. During the war, Nomi witnessed Ulic slay his own brother Cay and, guided by her intense emotions, she used her powers to completely sever Ulic from The Force. With Nomi's defeat of Ulic, the Sith War was soon brought to an end.
Following the devastation of the Great Sith War, Nomi steadily climbed the ranks of the Jedi and was eventually made Head of the Jedi Order around the time of the Conclave of Exis Station, a conclave which Nomi had assembled so the Jedi could discuss the rebuilding of the Order following the end of the war. The details surrounding Nomi's death are not known, though her legacy was preserved in the histories of the Jedi and her stories were retold down through the centuries.
The TIE/D Defender was a high-performance TIE series starfighter developed for the Imperial Navy by Sienar Fleet Systems shortly before the Battle of Endor. Representing a shift in starfighter design from previous TIE models, the ship featured a hyperdrive as well as deflector shields to allow it to operate independent of Imperial capital ships. The ship's speed and agility, combined with its firepower, made it arguably the most advanced starfighter available at the time.
The ship's high cost, together with political factors, kept it from achieving widespread use in the Empire and units were assigned only to the most elite pilots. The starfighter played a major role in the Empire's campaign against rogue Grand Admiral Demetrius Zaarin and units participated in several other battles including the Battle of Endor. However, the advanced starfighter attracted the attention of several other factions and the Empire struggled to prevent the spread of the technology.
Kith Kark was a Gotal male who served as a Jedi Knight during the days of the Old Republic. He received his training under the Jedi Master Mroon Jassa on the planet of Truuine. During his life before becoming a Jedi, Kith was unusually sensitive, even for a Gotal, to the electromagnetic emissions given off by devices; as a result, he preferred to live away from major city centers, choosing instead to live in the wilderness of Antar 4.
Despite some initial troubles with beginning his training, Kith was able to become a successful apprentice of Master Jassa's, excelling in his Jedi lessons. When Mroon Jassa was unexpectedly called away for an indefinite amount of time, Kith traveled to the Jedi library world of Ossus in order to complete his training. He was chosen as one of five Jedi to be sent to Onderon to assist Ulic Qel-Droma during the Freedon Nadd Uprising. During the fight, a dark side wave of energy ripped down Kith's defenses, allowing fire from a Naddist cannon to hit the Gotal, leaving him mortally wounded. Kith died before seeing the resolution of the Naddist Revolt.
Xaverri was a female traveling magician and illusionist who performed across the galaxy several years before the Battle of Yavin. Constantly roving and usually alone, Xaverri never settled down due to the pain she experienced in her past. She despised the Empire and worked against them on numerous occasions. On Nar Shaddaa, she fell in with Han Solo after a performance and had a relationship with him for some time before leaving him. Xaverri would later aid Solo twice after their relationship ended—the first in the Battle of Nar Shaddaa, where she helped the inhabitants of the Smuggler's Moon fight off an Imperial starfleet and the second on Crseih Station, where her advice helped prevent Han from falling under the influence of Waru.
May 26 (Week 22), 2008 – Eclipse (ship) and Jesmin AckbarEdit
The Eclipse was the first Eclipse-class Star Dreadnaught ever constructed and the lead ship and prototype of its class. It was built as a flagship for Emperor Palpatine, who would use it after being reborn into one of his clone bodies. Both a powerful technological tool and a potent psychological weapon, the Eclipse boasted a planet's worth of weaponry and was almost unstoppable.
The Eclipse was equipped with a bevy of weapons and other technologies, including gravity well projectors, but chief among its weapons was an axial superlaser, capable of cracking a planet's crust or destroying a capital ship in a single blow.
For much of its existence, the Eclipse was under construction around the planet Kuat. Crime lord Tyber Zann captured the vessel from Imperial forces in 4 ABY to retrieve data from its memory banks, and abandoned it shortly thereafter. The ship was later moved to Byss, where the reborn Emperor Palpatine took control of it as his personal battlestation and flagship. The Eclipse led an assault on the New Republic stronghold of Da Soocha V in 10 ABY, and in the battle was destroyed by one of Palpatine's Force Storms.
Jesmin Ackbar was a female Mon Calamari and the niece of the famed Admiral Ackbar. She chose to embark on a career as a pilot for the New Republic; however, prior to her placement in Wraith Squadron, Jesmin rarely saw combat from the cockpit of a starfighter. Throughout her early career, she was often marginalized by her superior officers in Starfighter Command because she was a direct blood-relation to the Admiral of the Fleet, and no squadron commander wanted to be held responsible for her death. This caused Jesmin to feel that her training had been a waste of resources; though she would meet her death not long after joining the Wraiths, Jesmin nonetheless proved her uncle's as well as her commander's faith in her abilities.
June 2 (Week 23), 2008 – Fay and Shadows of the Empire (soundtrack)Edit
Fay was a centuries-old, near-Human Jedi Master who was known to have had an intensely strong connection with the Force which allowed her to retain a youthful appearance. She was one of several legendary wandering Jedi Masters whose exploits were known throughout the Jedi Order.
Not believing that she was destined to teach, she left the Core and began roaming the Outer Rim worlds. For many centuries Fay allowed the Force to guide her to where she was needed, and as a result, was known to have resolved many conflicts, and even ended entire wars. During the Clone Wars she felt the Force guide her to the planet of Queyta, where she rendezvoused with a number of other Jedi Masters, including Obi-Wan Kenobi, to recover a vital antidote needed for a deadly new chemical weapon. The ensuing mission resulted in Fay and the other Jedi encountering the Dark Jedi Asajj Ventress and Durge, a 2,000-year-old bounty hunter. During the confrontation, Fay fought with Ventress, but following an intense explosion, Ventress severely wounded the Jedi Master. Fay gave her last remaining strength to Obi-Wan Kenobi so he could escape with the antidote, and therefore save millions of lives.
The Shadows of the Empire soundtrack is a musical score by Emmy Award-winning composer Joel McNeely which was inspired by author Steve Perry's 1996 novel of the same name. The score, much like classical program music of the past, is based on a piece of literature rather than a motion picture.
While McNeely set out to make an eclectic piece of his own style rather than try to imitate John Williams, three familiar themes from the movies can be heard in tracks one ("Main Title" and part of "Carbon Freeze"), eight ("The Imperial March" and "Force Theme"), and ten ("The Imperial March").
The 51-minute score, conducted by McNeely, was performed by the 90-piece Royal Scottish National Orchestra and 150-piece Chorus in Glasgow, Scotland in early 1996. The album was released by Varèse Sarabande Records on April 23, 1996. In addition to the score, the CD contained exclusive CD-ROM features with behind-the-scenes content.
June 9 (Week 24), 2008 – Tohno and Mount CorvastEdit
Tohno was a Human female who served as a Jedi Knight in the waning years of the Galactic Republic. Although she passed the trials into knighthood at a relatively young age, she was known to have had a deep understanding of the Force, and a maturity which was beyond her years. Her training also made her a proficient warrior, and she became well-versed in the use of a lightsaber, as well as the unique ability of telekinetic lightsaber combat.
During the Clone Wars, Tohno was among a significant number of young Jedi who were pressed into duty as field Generals for the Republic. Amidst the turmoil of this time, she served alongside Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan Anakin Skywalker during the Battle of Zaadja, a battle which saw the Republic launch a successful raid against a droid manufacturing plant.
Tohno was killed during the Battle of Zaadja when she detonated explosives around her, personally sacrificing her life to ensure a Republic victory.
Mount Corvast was a volcanic mountain, and capital of the planet Sarapin. Situated amidst a series of islands, it was a mineral-rich location filled with abundant natural resources. It was also the center of operations for the planet-wide energy mining facilities, and was also the only known established city on the planet. It provided power to the majority of the Core Worlds.
During the Clone Wars, it became the key point of contention during the Hunt for the Decimator. Jedi General Jor Drakas was sent by the Galactic Republic to defend the vital location, but his forces were defeated by the Dark Acolyte General Sev'rance Tann. Tann instated Zian Finnis as the caretaker of both the city and the planet while she continued fighting across the galaxy, but the Confederate occupation did not last long. General Echuu Shen-Jon reclaimed the city shortly after Tann's attack, restoring power to the Core Worlds.
June 16 (Week 25), 2008 – Starfighter combat and AmanoaEdit
Starfighter combat, also known as dogfighting, referred to engagements fought between starfighters, regardless of environment. Starfighter combat was as old as the craft themselves—dating back to the earliest days of the Galactic Republic—and became an integral part of aerospace warfare for tens of thousands of years, occurring throughout conflicts such as the Great Hyperspace War, New Sith Wars, Clone Wars, the Galactic Civil War, the Yuuzhan Vong War, the Confederation-Galactic Alliance War and beyond.
Throughout the millennia, millions of pilots flew against each other or against droids in starfighters such as the Z-95 Headhunter, Delta-7 Aethersprite, T-65 X-wing starfighter, or TIE/LN starfighter while others in heavier craft such as the BTL Y-wing starfighter, TIE/sa bombers, or B-wing starfighters launched assaults on larger ships or military installations. Military forces across the galaxy adopted different designs, weapons, specifications, tactics, and roles for these relatively small craft, and there were as many uses for starfighters in combat as there were starfighters themselves. These craft and the beings that flew them played important, often pivotal, roles in military campaigns, as did their atmospheric counterparts, throughout the entire history of conflict within the galaxy.
Amanoa was the queen of Onderon from 4,018 BBY until her death at the end of the Beast Wars between the rulers of Iziz and the Beast Riders from the planet's wilderness. Amanoa grew up as the daughter of a nobleman, and enjoyed the privileges of being part of a wealthy family of Onderon. Due to her social status, she eventually married royalty and became the wife of King Ommin and the mother of Galia.
Amanoa's reign saw drastic changes in Onderon's role in the galaxy. Together with her husband, Amanoa was beguiled by the specter of the long-dead Dark Lord Freedon Nadd, and became an apprentice of Nadd in her final years. However, when she requested help from the Jedi Order in bringing the conflict on her planet to an end, Amanoa's clandestine activities under Nadd's tutelage came to light. Jedi Master Arca Jeth and his apprentices ultimately triumphed over the Dark Lord's influence and helped to negotiate peace between the factions of the Beast Wars. The once-proud queen of Onderon joined her Sith master in death and exile in a burial temple on her home planet's moon of Dxun.
June 23 (Week 26), 2008 – Great Sith War and Soontir FelEdit
The Great Sith War, also known as the Sith War, the First Sith War, and the Exar Kun War, was a conflict which took place between the years 4,000 BBY and 3,996 BBY. One of the largest engagements of the Old Sith Wars, the Great Sith War saw the rise of the Sith, once again in opposition to the Jedi Order. The roots of the conflict are traced back to the fall of Freedon Nadd from the Jedi way and his ascension to Dark Lord of the Sith. Eventually his dark influence was discovered on the planet Onderon and the ensuing battle saw the Jedi temporarily break Nadd's hold on the remote planet. This fight against the resurgent power of the Sith was a warning to the Jedi that something ominous was brewing.
The influence of the Sith, however, again resurfaced during the Freedon Nadd Uprising, which managed to establish the means for the Krath to grow in power and influence. Using Sith knowledge that they had gained from Nadd and his followers on Onderon, the Krath instituted a bloody coup in the Empress Teta system and began a series of campaigns aimed at Republic space. After several defeats at the hands of the Krath, Jedi Knight Ulic Qel-Droma advised the Jedi Order that he would infiltrate the Krath and destroy them from within. During his undercover mission, Ulic fell to the dark side and joined forces with another fallen Jedi-turned-Sith by the name of Exar Kun. Eventually, Kun was anointed the new Dark Lord of the Sith with Qel-Droma his apprentice, and together they ushered the galaxy into a new Sith age.
With their allies, Exar Kun and Ulic Qel-Droma launched a series of deadly campaigns against the Republic, eventually making their way to the heart of the galaxy—Coruscant. Following this battle Kun and Qel-Droma launched an assault on Ossus, in an attempt to raid the planet of its Jedi artifacts. However, the battle of Ossus saw the defeat of the Sith forces, the capture of Ulic Qel-Droma, and the retreat of Kun to his base on Yavin 4. Broken and humbled, Qel-Droma agreed to lead the combined forces of the Republic and the Jedi to Yavin 4, in an effort to defeat Exar Kun. Under the combined efforts of the Jedi, Kun was defeated and the Great Sith War brought to an end.
Soontir Fel was considered among the best starfighter pilots in the galaxy, becoming an Imperial hero, but his journey to those heights was anything but easy. Born on Corellia to a farming family, Fel developed his piloting skills over the fields before gaining entrance to the Imperial Academy and beginning a career as a TIE fighter pilot. He served dutifully, demonstrating a strong sense of responsibility for his men. After a series of events out of his control tarnished his career, Fel was exiled to the lackluster 181st Imperial Fighter Wing, which he revived, eventually gaining its command and the title of Baron of the Empire, winning Fel a reputation as the Empire's most deadly pilot and the 181st as its most elite starfighter unit. During that time, Fel met and married the famous actress Wynssa Starflare, who he discovered was actually the sister of Rebel ace Wedge Antilles.
When Director of Imperial Intelligence Ysanne Isard sent Fel and his men to die at Brentaal IV for her own political gain, Fel was captured and defected to the New Republic, tired of the growing corruption after Palpatine's death. He joined his brother-in-law Antilles in Rogue Squadron, serving the New Republic faithfully, but shortly thereafter Fel was recaptured by Isard and sent to Grand Admiral Thrawn's base on Nirauan. There, Thrawn showed Fel the myriad threats awaiting the galaxy in the Unknown Regions, and Fel agreed to serve in Thrawn's Empire of the Hand, fighting against warlords and would-be invaders beyond the knowledge of galactic civilization.
There Fel raised a family, surrounded by hardship, before once again making contact with the galaxy at large during the hoax proclaiming Thrawn's return. When the Yuuzhan Vong War broke out, Fel sent his son Jagged and some Empire of the Hand forces to the New Republic's aid. During the course of the war, the Empire of the Hand was dissolved, with Fel joining the Chiss Ascendancy and becoming a senior officer in the Chiss Expansionary Defense Fleet. A failed guarantee of parole on Jagged's part during the Dark Nest Crisis bankrupted and dishonored the Fels, but their difficulties would not last forever—Jagged was able to restore the family's honor in one final act before taking the reins of the Imperial Remnant, and Soontir Fel was the ancestor of royalty, with his descendants sitting on the throne of the New Galactic Empire.
June 30 (Week 27), 2008 – Monument Plaza and BoShekEdit
Monument Plaza, also known as Monument Park, was a large plaza on the city-planet of Coruscant. The plaza circled the summit of Umate, one of the highest peaks of the Manarai Mountains. Thousands of tourists came to the plaza each day to touch the giant lump of rock in the center; it was said that Monument Plaza was the only place on Coruscant where people could touch bare rock. The surrounding mall resembled a stadium with the peak of Umate standing in the center. Huge statues and colorful banners decorated the grounds, while restaurants and shops were built into the plaza walls. Amongst the popular sites in or near the plaza were the Manarai restaurant, the Galactic Museum, and the old Senate Hall.
Monument Plaza was the site of several events throughout its history, including a battle of the Great Droid Revolution, a terrorist threat by the Separatist movement, and a Republic rally during the Clone Wars. When the Galactic Empire came to power it replaced the statues of the plaza with those honoring Imperial heroes. Monument Plaza was damaged sometime before 29 ABY, during the Yuuzhan Vong War, when it and the peak of Umate were turned into a yorik coral-covered crater. After the war, the Reconstruction Authority restored the plaza to its original state, rebuilding much of what was damaged.
BoShek was a male Corellian smuggler with a talent for piloting and a tenuous sensitivity to the Force. BoShek left Corellia to enter the galactic underworld, eventually finding a job piloting ships to and from an outlaw tech transponder-slicing workshop on Tatooine which masqueraded as a monastery. There he worked successfully and learned of the Force, with which he became fascinated, frequently meditating and attempting to access it to little success. Shortly before the Battle of Yavin, BoShek set a new record for the Kessel Run, taking bragging rights from his friends Han Solo and Chewbacca. At the end of that run, however, BoShek was pursued by Imperial TIE fighters, which he destroyed, leading to the Empire issuing a warrant for his arrest. BoShek made it safely to Mos Eisley, where he conversed with Obi-Wan Kenobi in Chalmun's Cantina. Kenobi advised him to move away from his shady position and embrace the light side if he were to wield the Force successfully.
BoShek took that to heart, leaving his smuggling job and settling on the remote world of Stoga, where he lived honestly and simply and meditated frequently on the Force but to no avail. Six months after the Battle of Yavin, BoShek came across Rasha Bex, who was attempting to flee a Rebel cell which wished to kill her. BoShek did not wish to be drawn into the Galactic Civil War, but agreed to give her a ride to the transport offworld which awaited her. The Rebels pursued them, however, and BoShek had to push his piloting skills and his swoop to the limit to escape them, while he and Bex developed a mutual attraction over the course of the escape. At Bex's rendezvous, BoShek discovered that she was in fact an Imperial agent, and despite her requests to join the Empire, BoShek refused, and was instead arrested.
The Raich was a carnivorous beast that resided on the forest moon of Endor. The creature was known to prey on a variety of animals that inhabited the woodland of the moon. In order to capture and feast upon the forest fauna, the Raich employed a unique natural mechanism. A small spout on the top of its forehead would spurt a thick gas into the air, which helped the Raich exert control over the animals, enslaving them to his will. After being put into this trance, the animals of the forest would be led back to the Raich's cave, where they obediently waited their turn to be eaten. Eventually, the Raich and his methods came into conflict with the Ewoks of Bright Tree Village, and they decided to put an end to the Raich's reign over the forest. With the use of a magic cap, the Ewoks were able to transform the Raich into a harmless tree.
Many years later, the Raich was inadvertently released from his prison by Wicket W. Warrick and his friends. In the crisis that ensued, the creature began to once again exert control over the animals of the forest, including the pet bordok Baga. Afraid that Baga would be eaten by the Raich and that he would establish another reign of terror over the forest, Wicket and his friends were forced to devise a plan to recapture the Raich and imprison him once again. With help from the Two-headed Gonster, Wicket was able to obtain another magic cap for use on the Raich, and the Ewok children confronted the creature back at his cave. The dangerous encounter eventually saw Wicket place the cap back on the Raich's head, and he was transformed once again into a simple tree.
Sora Bulq was a Weequay Jedi Master from the Bulq family on Ruul. Renowned among the Jedi for his skill with a lightsaber, Bulq mastered every form of lightsaber combat known among the Jedi, becoming one of their greatest instructors in the lightsaber forms. Bulq was therefore recruited by his colleague, Mace Windu, to assist in the refinement of Vaapad, Windu's new combat form. Vaapad required that the user dance along the edge of the dark side of the Force, however, and Bulq fell captive to the darkness. He pursued his studies of the dark side in secret until Count Dooku captured him during the earliest days of the Clone Wars and turned him fully to the dark side.
Bulq reemerged as a secret agent of Dooku's, calling together several Jedi who were unwilling to fight for the Galactic Republic in an attempt to create a schism in the Jedi Order. Instead of setting up Windu to look like an assassin, however, Windu exposed Bulq's scheme, learning that he had fallen to the dark side and convincing those Jedi dissidents who survived to rejoin the Order. Bulq then turned to Dooku's side, where he commanded the Dark Acolytes, a collection of other Jedi who had fallen to the dark side and joined the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Bulq was one of the highest-profile Jedi traitors in all the war, being placed at the head of the Morgukai Shadow Army on Saleucami. When that army was besieged in the closing months of the Clone Wars, Bulq could not hold out against the Republic and fell to Jedi Master Quinlan Vos, who had served as a double agent for Bulq before rejecting the dark side and killing Bulq in a final duel.
July 14 (Week 29), 2008 – Darth Plagueis and HarbingerEdit
Darth Plagueis, also known as Darth Plagueis the Wise, was a Muun Dark Lord of the Sith, heir to the lineage of Darth Bane and a master of midi-chlorian manipulation, who lived during the century leading up to the Battle of Naboo. Obsessed with eternal life, Plagueis experimented with ways to cheat death and create new life from the midi-chlorians.
He played a large role in galactic events, inciting Darth Sidious, whom he trained in the ways of the Sith and the dark side of the Force, to take control of the galaxy and bring about an age of the Sith. Sidious, concerned with being replaced as Plagueis' apprentice, eventually killed the Muun in his sleep. The legend of Plagueis was later used by Sidious to sway Anakin Skywalker to the dark side, though Plagueis himself remained a mysterious figure to the Jedi and their allies well into the time of the Galactic Alliance.
The Harbinger was a Hammerhead-class cruiser that served the Galactic Republic shortly after the Jedi Civil War. Originally assigned to patrol Republic space and deal with local troubles, the Harbinger was sent in 3,951 BBY to the Outer Rim Territories to pick up the Jedi Exile and ferry her to Telos IV.
When the Harbinger diverted its course to investigate a battle between a Sith warship and a light freighter, it was captured by Sith under the command of the Sith Lord Darth Sion. Sion took control of the vessel and piloted it to Peragus II in search of the Exile, who had been abducted off the ship during the earlier crisis. The Exile and her companions were forced to travel through the vessel to reach their own ship, and when they attempted to flee, the Harbinger opened fire. In the ensuing fight, the volatile Peragus asteroid field was destroyed, with the Harbinger caught in the middle of the explosion.
July 21 (Week 30), 2008 – Maarek Stele and Ace AzzameenEdit
Maarek Stele was a pilot in the Imperial Navy and one of the Emperor's Hands. A native of Kuan, he enlisted in the Imperial Navy after the Galactic Empire rescued him from Bordali agents near the end of the Taroonian Civil War. Although he initially served as a mechanic, Stele was offered the opportunity to train as a TIE pilot after saving the life of Admiral Mordon. Over the course of several campaigns, Stele fought against the forces of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, as well as those of the treacherous Imperial Admirals Harkov and Demetrius Zaarin. Stele quickly became an ace pilot and went on to be considered one of the greatest pilots in the Empire. He was also well known as a test pilot, being one of the first to fly the TIE Avenger, TIE Defender and the Missile Boat into combat.
Stele's Force-sensitivity attracted the attention of the Secret Order of the Emperor and, after helping to rescue Emperor Palpatine from Zaarin, Stele was trained to use the Force and became one of the Emperor's Hands. He was also rewarded with the title-rank Tan. Despite Stele's position he came to question his life in the Empire, particularly after the death of the Emperor at the Battle of Endor. It was only after meeting Baron Soontir Fel that Stele felt renewed allegiance to the Empire and joined Fel in the 181st Imperial Fighter Group. Stele continued to serve the Imperial Remnant as a pilot into the Yuuzhan Vong War.
Ace Azzameen (pronounced /Ās Ă'-zämēn/) was a highly-regarded pilot in the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Starting out as a freighter pilot for the family business, Twin Suns Transport Services, Ace was pulled into the Galactic Civil War when his father and older brother perished aboard the space station Hospital. On the run from both the Galactic Empire and the family's rivals, Viraxo Industries, Ace, his brother Emon, his sister Aeron, and the family droid, MK-09, sought refuge with the Defiance Task Force in the Anoat Sector.
Ace, despite the objections of his Uncle Antan, joined the Alliance as a starfighter pilot, where he served on the Defiance, aiding in its flight from the sector. Upon transferring to the Liberty, Ace fought off threats such as the TIE Experimental Project and helped with the defection of Commander Zaletta. He became involved with the Bothan Spynet and aided Commander Luke Skywalker in stealing the Death Star II plans. Additionally, he still aided his siblings in their private fight against the Viraxo, which even led to him becoming caught up with the Black Sun crime syndicate. Ace eventually helped the Alliance Fleet mass their forces at Sullust, and also served aboard the Millennium Falcon at the famed Battle of Endor.
July 28 (Week 31), 2008 – Memit Nadill and Jace DallinEdit
Memit Nadill was a male Jedi Master of an unidentified species who served as Empress Teta's most trusted advisor during a series of conflicts (known as the Unification Wars) that brought together the seven planets of the Koros system. In 5,000 BBY, after believing the visions of fellow Jedi Odan-Urr to be precognitive, Memit Nadill traveled to Coruscant to warn the Jedi Order about an impending Sith invasion. However, Nadill was too late, and the Sith invasion force rained down upon the capital just as Nadill arrived, marking the start of the Great Hyperspace War. Nadill helped to repel the Sith Empire during the invasion of Coruscant, leading a small team of Jedi including Tuknatan, Anavus Svag and Sonam-Ha'ar during the battle.
Nadill was a regal, green-skinned humanoid, with many small tails sprouting from the back of his head. He was known to be a peaceful Jedi, and after the Unification Wars he hoped never to need his lightsaber again. However, he was skillful with his weapon when the situation required it of him; wielding a blue lightsaber, Nadill often led Teta's forces in battle.
Jace Dallin was a career military man 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 private military. 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 Troiken's surface. There, Dallin 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, however, 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 Emperor's word that the Jedi were traitors.
August 4 (Week 32), 2008 – Kowakian monkey-lizard and MK-09Edit
Kowakian monkey-lizards were a tiny bipedal reptilian species native to a jungle-like Outer Rim planet called Kowak. Although they had no established culture, Kowakian monkey-lizards were quite intelligent, and despite their silly, cruel nature, they were considered sentient by many sentientologists in the galaxy, although there was much debate over its possible sentience.
Standing roughly seventy centimeters tall, Kowakian monkey-lizards had small, spindly bodies, two large, floppy ears and a beak-like nose, with tufts of dark hair growing around their neck and on the tops of their heads. Some subspecies had long, prehensile tails.
Kowakian monkey-lizards were rarely found off their homeworld, although it was not uncommon to find a monkey-lizard in the service of a crime lord. One such individual was Salacious B. Crumb, a court jester on Tatooine for Hutt gangster Jabba Desilijic Tiure. Crumb perished along with his master when Jabba's sail barge was destroyed in 4 ABY. At least one Force-sensitive monkey-lizard was known to exist—a mutated Dark Jedi named Picaroon C. Boodle, who served under Jerec. Pic was ultimately killed by Rebel agent Kyle Katarn above the Sulon Star.
MK-09, nicknamed Emkay, was a heavily modified MK-09 maintenance droid. He was owned by the Azzameen family during and before the Galactic Civil War. He often accompanied Ace Azzameen during his life, acting as a receiver for different assignments given by Tomaas Azzameen, Ace's father, and other members of the Azzameen household, as well as keeping tabs on Ace's adventures. The droid flew as copilot for Ace originally during various shipping runs, and later in missions that dealt with helping the family through situations, and even the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Emkay was specially modified to fly a number of ships, including the family's YT-1300 freighters, the Selu and Sabra, as well as the more advanced YT-2000 light freighter Otana.
MK-09 was considered a very aggressive, but also very friendly, droid, with a sense for adventure and excitement. He shared the same sense of distaste against the rival Viraxo shipping company that the Azzameen family did. After the involvement of the Galactic Empire in the Azzameen's affairs, MK-09 developed a distaste for the Imperial organization as well. Emkay suggested to Ace, his sister Aeron Azzameen, and brother Emon Azzameen that they join the Rebel Alliance, citing Luke Skywalker's success at the Battle of Yavin.
After the deaths of father Tomaas and brother Galin Azzameen and Imperial nationalization of their previous home, Azzameen Home Base, and the family company, Ace enlisted into the Rebel Alliance. Once accepted and trained, Ace and Emkay were stationed aboard the cruiser Defiance and later the cruiser Liberty, where the droid remained mostly idle until pressing family matters put him back into the action he preferred. MK-09 also assisted the Rebel Alliance by participating in the mission to steal the Lambda-class T-4a shuttle Tydirium, and even the pivotal Battle of Endor.
CC-5052 was a clone marshal commander who served both the Galactic Republic and the Galactic Empire that followed. A clone of Jango Fett, CC-5052 was bred on Kamino, where he was trained as an Advanced Recon Commando by Alpha-17. Alpha-17 also gave CC-5052 the name "Bly," which the clone commander himself adopted. Assigned to the 327th Star Corps, Bly worked with Jedi General Aayla Secura throughout the Clone Wars. Serving in campaigns on planets such as New Holstice, Bly worked with Secura to personally extract a valuable Scientific Instrument Package from Honoghr. During that mission, Bly encountered renegade Jedi Quinlan Vos, who he deeply mistrusted. Shortly after the Honoghr mission, Bly and Secura served alongside the reformed Vos in the Siege of Saleucami.
Before they could complete their mission on Saleucami, Secura, Bly, and the 327th were redirected to Felucia, to save captive Jedi Barriss Offee and her apprentice Zonder. With that mission a success, Bly and his troops hunted Shu Mai, who was a member of the governing body of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. They eventually discovered that they were too late to capture Mai, and that her forces had unleashed a deadly toxin into the planet's water supply. Bly set out with Secura to stop the toxin from spreading, but in transit he received the command to execute Order 66, which meant that all Jedi were declared to be enemies of the Republic. After gunning down Secura, Bly's men were unable to locate Zonder or the two other Jedi Padawans involved in the Felucia campaign, Ekria and Drake Lo'gaan. Several months later, Bly was given the opportunity to finally eliminate Ekria and Lo'gaan by Darth Vader. On Tepasi, Bly shot both Jedi fugitives, and though he believed them dead, they had in fact survived.
The Unstable Terrain Artillery Transport, better known as the UT-AT or "Trident," was a military transport and assault vehicle that served the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars when the use of walkers was unsuitable. Slow and vulnerable, the vehicle was adept at crossing bridges and traversing unstable terrain, but due to its elevated position it was constantly prone to enemy attack. Alternate configurations of the UT-AT were stocked with bridge laying equipment, converting the transport into an effective trail blazer.
The vehicle was developed by Kuat Drive Yards and Mekuun Corporation following the disastrous use of walkers on the agriworld of Agamar. Realizing that walkers were not the answer in such situations, the two companies developed a repulsorlift ski system, which involved a series of undulating panels that would adapt to different terrain. The vehicle was favored by General Ki-Adi-Mundi, and was used to great effect on Mygeeto and Cato Neimoidia.
Agen Kolar was a Zabrak Jedi Master known for his skill with a lightsaber and his willingness to use it. An accomplished swordsman who almost always took a blunt approach, Kolar spent many years traveling the Outer Rim Territories on missions. He was intensely loyal to the Jedi Council and rarely if ever doubted its wisdom or questioned its dictates. When the Clone Wars broke out, Kolar fought in the Battle of Geonosis, losing his Padawan. Kolar pushed forward, however, becoming an accomplished Jedi General and serving in such engagements as the recapture of Brentaal.
Kolar was also sent on more personal missions, such as his attempt to arrest Quinlan Vos—though unknown to Kolar, Vos was in fact a double agent and the failed arrest was meant to give him credibility as he attempted to penetrate Dooku's circle of Dark Acolytes—and the show of force against the Crimson Nova chapter of the Bounty Hunters Guild when they began taking bounties on Jedi. He also became a member of the Jedi Council, taking on a leadership role in the war.
As the Clone Wars came to a close, Kolar was among the few Jedi Masters remaining on Coruscant. When General Grievous was tracked down and destroyed by Obi-Wan Kenobi, Kolar was among the Council members selected by Mace Windu to confront Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, whom the Jedi feared was under the sway of a Sith Lord, to lay down his emergency powers. Anakin Skywalker revealed that Palpatine was in fact the Sith Lord himself, and Kolar, Windu, Saesee Tiin, and Kit Fisto all traveled to arrest Palpatine. Kolar was the first to perish, launching the Great Jedi Purge and the Galactic Republic's transformation into the Galactic Empire.
Shu Mai was a female Gossam native to the planet Castell, who served as the Presidente of the Commerce Guild prior to and during the Clone Wars. She was one of millions of Gossam devastated during the economic depression on her homeworld dozens of years before the rise of the Empire, and after they were saved from their hardship by the Commerce Guild, Mai gained a position as Chief of Property Resources for the Guild, and was eventually promoted several more times. Using shrewd and sometimes unscrupulous tactics, Mai eventually brought the Gossam out of their financial troubles, before repurchasing Castell—only so she could raise rent even more and demand tribute from her people. Impressed with her entrepreneurial nature and shrewd business awareness, the Commerce Guild then elected her as their Presidente.
Mai then secretly aligned the Guild with the Confederacy of Independent Systems, a group of powerful individuals who had broken away from the Galactic Republic. Mai pledged the Guild's forces to the CIS during the Clone Wars that followed, and served on the Separatist Council alongside such others as Nute Gunray, Wat Tambor and San Hill. At the close of the war in 19 BBY, Mai was among the Council members executed by Darth Vader on the planet Mustafar.
Shu Mai was known to use various unscrupulous methods to get her way, though she was always careful not to tie herself to such acts, and to remain within the letter of the law at all times. She was extremely greedy, and cared for little other than herself—she would happily have killed off most of the population of Felucia, one of the Gossam's colony planets, rather than let it fall to the Republic. Her ultimate desire lay in power, and, most of all, money.
Dooku was a Jedi Master who fell to the dark side of the Force and became a Dark Lord of the Sith. Born on the planet Serenno, he was the heir to vast wealth and the noble title of Count. Dooku was taken by the Jedi Order as a child and apprenticed to Thame Cerulian. As a Jedi Knight, he took Qui-Gon Jinn as his first Padawan, and later trained Komari Vosa. Dooku was a respected instructor in the Jedi Temple and one of the most renowned swordsmen in the galaxy. Only Masters Yoda and Mace Windu were considered to have fought on equal terms with him.
Dooku spent nearly seventy years as a Jedi, but a disastrous battle on Galidraan shook his faith in the Order and the Galactic Republic. He fell under the influence of Senator Palpatine of Naboo, and left the Jedi Order. After learning that Senator Palpatine was secretly the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, Dooku turned to the dark side and became a Dark Lord of the Sith himself. As Sidious's new apprentice, he was given the Sith name Darth Tyranus.
Reclaiming his birthright as Count of Serenno and his vast fortune, Dooku conspired with Sidious to force the galaxy into a war that would bring the Sith to power. He forged ties between corporations and planets discontented with the Republic, and became the leader of the Separatist movement that coalesced into the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Thousands of star systems flocked to Dooku's banner and seceded from the Galactic Republic.
As the political leader of the Confederacy, Dooku led the organization against the Republic in a conflict that would become known as the Clone Wars, which culminated in a great battle over the Republic capital of Coruscant. In a duel aboard the Separatist flagship Invisible Hand, Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker defeated Dooku. Skywalker then executed the dismembered and helpless Dooku at the instigation of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, Dooku's own Sith Master.
Voolvif Monn was a Shistavanen Jedi Master who served as a Jedi General during the Clone Wars. After he was discovered to be strong in the Force, Monn was taken as an infant from a planet near the Arah asteroid belt by a Jedi named Paouoish Rahhdool. Rahhdool took his new Padawan back to Coruscant to be trained in the ways of the light side of the Force. Monn proved a keen Jedi, eventually becoming a Jedi Knight some time prior to 22 BBY. He took the Jedi tradition of isolation and solitude to an extreme, standing aloof from his peers.
When the Clone Wars broke out in 22 BBY, Monn was one of a team of Jedi sent to Geonosis to rescue Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala. In the battle that ensued, he was one of few survivors, and his ability to cope against the Separatist droid forces allowed him to ascend to the rank of Jedi Master. During the three year conflict between the Republic and the CIS, Monn participated in several more battles, including the Battle of Muunilinst, emerging on the victorious side in each of them.
The Battle of Coruscant was a crucial Clone Wars battle in 19 BBY. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, knowing the Jedi were close to discovering his alter ego, the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, ordered his apprentice, Dooku, public leader of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, to kidnap him.
The Confederacy, led by General Grievous, swept into the system, catching the Republic completely by surprise. The Confederate Navy hammered the few defending warships, destroying them, before assaulting the planet itself. Meanwhile, Grievous, along with his MagnaGuard droid elite, landed on the planet, heading for Chancellor Palpatine's secret bunker. Grievous fought his way there, leaving destruction in his wake, as several Jedi and dozens of clone troopers were killed. He succeeded in taking Palpatine, before fleeing to his flagship in orbit, the Invisible Hand.
However, the Separatists were unable to leave, as Republic reinforcements had arrived. The two fleets engaged each other, firing volleys back and forth. Two Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, who had just arrived at the battle, flew into the heart of it, determined to rescue the captive chancellor. They succeeded in boarding the Invisible Hand, and after a duel, Skywalker killed Dooku. The duo, along with the now-freed Palpatine, were unable to escape however, as Grievous's droid captured them. Skywalker and Kenobi were able to best his MagnaGuards, forcing the general to flee. With that, the Separatist fleet retreated, having lost much of their fleet. Chancellor Palpatine was safe in Republic hands. However, the Jedi were unaware that Palpatine had orchestrated the battle, and was also testing Anakin Skywalker, who he considered a good choice for his apprentice.
Grievous, born as Qymaen jai Sheelal, was the Supreme Commander of the Droid Armies of the Confederacy of Independent Systems for most of the Clone Wars. Born a Kaleesh, Grievous was a warlord on his homeworld, Kalee, in his people's war against the Huk. He was later transformed into a cyborg after a shuttle crash, becoming a fusion of a Krath war droid's powerful robotic structure and his own organic brain, nervous system, and sensory organs. Brilliant golden eyes with black, reptilian pupils and red-raw sockets were the only visible reminder of his organic past as a Kaleesh.
After being recruited by San Hill, leader of the InterGalactic Banking Clan, Grievous became head of the CIS military. He earned the rank of Supreme Commander shortly after the war's beginning. Grievous led the Confederacy to victory over the Galactic Republic in many battles, personally ordered the death of billions, caused countless citizens across the galaxy to fear him, and orchestrated the attack on Coruscant. Grievous was trained by Darth Tyranus himself in lightsaber combat, and became extremely skilled in the art. He killed a large number of Jedi in lightsaber combat, earning him the designation of the most notorious Jedi hunter since the bounty hunter Durge.
After three long years of fighting, Grievous was killed by Obi-Wan Kenobi on Utapau, ending his reign of terror. However, years later, a scientist used his body as the basis for an experimental droid, N-K Necrosis. The droid was killed almost immediately after its creation, however, by a group of spacers.
Nem Bees was a male Ortolan Jedi Knight who served the Galactic Republic during the pan-galactic Clone Wars. When, late in the war, Bees's homeworld of Orto was threatened by the Confederacy of Independent Systems, the Jedi Council dispatched him to undermine the Separatists' efforts and secure Orto for the Republic. Disguised as the deceased Ortolan trader Ydde, Bees searched for a reported influential traitor who planned to sell the Ortolan people out to the Confederates.
Despite his efforts, Orto was invaded successfully by the Confederacy a mere three days after Bees's arrival. Belo Tusus was revealed as the traitor, and despite the setback, Bees persisted in his mission. Sabotaging the machinations of Tusus's new Orto government, Bees paved the way for a successful Republic counter strike. During the campaign to eliminate the last pockets of Confederate resistance, Order 66 was initiated by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, and as a result, Bees was slain by Commander CT-65/91-6210.
CC-1138, also known as Bacara, was a clone marshal commander who served in the Grand Army of the Republic. After receiving training in the traditions and culture of the Journeyman Protectors, CC-1138 was given command of the 21st Nova Corps, which was attached to the 4th Sector Army. Eventually he was selected to be part of the initial ARC training program under the command of Alpha-17; this program allowed for the training of future generations of clone commanders, and was focused on developing the individuality of the program's participants. During this time he developed a reputation as a loner—this was due to his training in the culture of the Journeyman Protectors, as opposed to his clone brothers who had mostly been taught the ways of the Mandalorians. His loner's reputation carried over into his career as a soldier, but it never stopped him from putting the needs of his troops ahead of his own.
Upon completion of his ARC training, CC-1138 used his newly acquired knowledge to turn the Galactic Marines into a highly efficient ground unit, and the Marines eventually earned a reputation as ferocious fighters. Eventually he was assigned to High Jedi General Ki-Adi-Mundi, and the two warriors developed a grudging respect for each other while fighting side-by-side through numerous campaigns. Following continued action in the Outer Rim Sieges, Bacara and Ki-Adi-Mundi were ordered to the snow-covered world of Mygeeto, where they participated in an extended campaign of urban warfare. While stationed on Mygeeto, Bacara was given Order 66 by Palpatine and, along with his fellow Marines, gunned down Jedi Master Ki-Adi-Mundi.
Wat Tambor was a Skakoan male who was the Foreman of the Techno Union and Executive of Baktoid Armor Workshop. Beginning his career as the Techno Union Representative in the Galactic Senate, Tambor shot up through the ranks of the Union, eventually getting the top job. He agreed to help fund and supply Count Dooku's separatist government, the Confederacy of Independent Systems, and when war broke out between the Separatists and the Galactic Republic, Tambor began devising new ways to gain a technological advantage.
In spite of multiple plots, including sabotage and C-B3 cortosis battle droids, Tambor was never able to make a concerted contribution to the war effort. In the waning stages of the war, Tambor was forced to set up shop on Xagobah, where was assailed by both Republic forces and bounty hunters. He was rescued by General Grievous, and united with the Separatist Council. In 19 BBY, he was called back to his homeworld of Skako, where he was sent on a spiritual journey by the Elders of the Power Mounds. During his journey, he saw his future, and eventually went to Mustafar to meet it. There, he was slain by Darth Vader, along with the other members of the Council, concurrent with the declaration of the New Order.
Pablo-Jill was an Ongree male native to the Skustell Cluster who served as a Jedi Knight and General during the Clone Wars. Famed for bringing peace and order to the lawless planet of Ord Mantell early in his Jedi career, he participated in the Battle of Geonosis in 22 BBY, where over two hundred members of the Jedi Order battled the vast droid armies of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Pablo-Jill was one of few on his side to survive, though he became separated from the bulk of his fellow Jedi during the fighting.
Three years later, he led a daring attempt to rescue Supreme Chancellor Palpatine from the clutches of the commander of the Separatist Droid Army, General Grievous, over Coruscant. Many of the other Jedi gave up, but Pablo-Jill continued in his efforts to intercept Grievous's tri-wing shuttle, and eventually dueled with the cyborg aboard the Separatist flagship, Invisible Hand. Grievous proved too strong for the Ongree Jedi Knight, however, and killed him. After the duel, Pablo-Jill's body was launched into space for all the Republic forces to see.
Sagoro Autem was born into a family with a proud tradition of service in the Senate Guard. He followed the expected career path and joined the Guard himself, becoming one of the Guard's best officers. When he found his brother Venco Autem, also a Senate Guard, taking bribes, he turned in Venco due to his extremely strong sense of duty, service, and honor. Autem's dedication to his work and the Galactic Republic took a toll on his family, however, distancing his wife Sula and making his son Reymet resentful. In 24 BBY, when Autem was assigned to investigate the murder of Senator Jheramahd Greyshade, he discovered that Venco was the mastermind of the assassination, and that Reymet had unknowingly aided him. Autem shot and killed his brother in the line of duty, but Venco's condemnation of the Republic's corruption shook Autem's faith in his government. Autem's wife left him, and Autem drew his blaster on his partner rather than allow him to take Reymet in.
Autem left the Senate Guard in disgrace and began a career as a mercenary before he was imprisoned on Brentaal IV for an operation gone bad. In the midst of the Clone Wars, Jedi Master Shaak Ti freed Autem and a handful of other prisoners to aid her in infiltrating the fortress of a Separatist leader. With Autem's aid, Ti and Quinlan Vos won the Battle of Brentaal IV and Autem earned a Republic pardon. Not long thereafter, Autem gave in to his sense of duty and became an officer in the Republic Navy. He served in the Fleet for two years, helping end the siege of Saleucami, for which he was later hailed as a hero. Under the Imperial regime, however, Autem was marked for execution and barely escaped with his life due to the efforts of his old partner Isaru Omin and the aid of Reymet, who had returned under the guise of a bounty hunter. Reunited with Reymet, Autem set out for the Outer Rim Territories to join his family and start a new life.
CC-1119, also known as Appo, was a clone commander who led the 501st Legion in a Republic attack on the Jedi Temple at the end of the Clone Wars. During the war, CC-1119 received training from the ARC trooper Alpha-17, where he was given the name "Appo." He served under Darth Vader during the Temple attack and later, when the Republic transformed into the Galactic Empire. Appo and his soldiers became some of the first Imperial stormtroopers, and alongside Vader he worked to suppress threats against the Empire. A month after its creation, he and his men saved Vader's life in a Jedi ambush on Kessel.
In the following weeks, Appo was stationed aboard Vader's Star Destroyer Exactor. He helped Vader to hunt down a group of clone traitors who had aided the escape of Jedi on Murkhana, then continued to aid Vader in the search for those Jedi. The chase took him from Murkhana to the Jedi Temple to Alderaan, where the path of the fugitive Jedi intersected that of Senator Fang Zar—a wanted man by the Empire—and at last to Kashyyyk. As the Empire invaded that world, Appo accompanied Vader to the planet's surface in pursuit of the Jedi, only to be decapitated by Jedi Master Roan Shryne.
Cerea was a planet located in the Mid Rim region of the galaxy. The homeworld of the Cerean species, Cerea was notable for its inhabitants' harmonious relationship with nature. Technology and pollution were frowned upon by the conservative government, a major point in the planet's decision not to join the Galactic Republic. The Cerean population mainly lived in giant buildings that took up a minimum of space, allowing the remainder of the planet's area to be employed as farmland. Foreign immigrants and visitors were, with a few exceptions, only allowed in Cerea's Outsider Citadels, enormous buildings erected to let non-Cereans practice their technological ways. This ensured that the foreigners' technology didn't contaminate Cerea's nature, but also led to a concentration of criminal elements within the Citadels.
Cerea was ruled by the Council of Elders, which in turn was led by a president. The planet was situated far away from any major hyperspace routes, and was for the most part ignored by the Republic until a few years prior to the Clone Wars. Cerea's seclusion caused a unique culture to develop, one that focused on other values than the mainstream galactic civilization. In 21 BBY, Cerea was the site of a battle between the Republic and Confederacy of Independent Systems, which had an adverse effect on the planet's relatively untouched nature.
Simus was a Sith Lord who lived during the time of the first Sith Empire, and, around 5,100 BBY, dueled fellow Sith Lord Marka Ragnos for the title of Dark Lord of the Sith and control of the Sith Empire. Ragnos defeated Simus, who was beheaded in the battle with the other aspiring Dark Lord; however, the Sith Lord did not give up his life. Rather than letting himself die, he used his forgotten Sith powers to preserve his life. Very little of him was left, though—he lived as a severed head in a crystalline container for the rest of his days. Eventually the bodiless Simus was made a part of the Sith Council, becoming a respected member whose opinion was highly valued by the other councilors.
He lived for over a hundred years, and watched as Marka Ragnos grew in power, pitting his adversaries against each other and ensuring that there were no threats to Ragnos's throne. Simus was one of few to survive, and in the process trained Naga Sadow in the ways of the Sith. Sadow eventually became extremely powerful, and after the death of Marka Ragnos, he was one of two challengers for the throne. The other, Ludo Kressh, wished to keep the Empire hidden from the Galactic Republic, while Sadow wished to expand the Empire's borders. Though the Council was split on the matter, Simus supported his old friend Sadow, and backed his candidacy for the role of Dark Lord of the Sith. Simus was eventually killed by his apprentice, with a Republic-issue blaster, in an attempt to provide the Sith council with a reason to go to war by framing the Republic for his assassination.
September 1 (Week 36), 2008 – Q-7N and Detien KaileelEdit
Q-7N was a Malagarrian mining droid. He left his home planet of Malagarr when its populace wiped itself out by making the planet a giant reactor, causing huge levels of radioactivity. He began working for a band of pirates, and was used as a security droid; he was left on Yavin 4 to guard their stash of treasure. Q-7N was forgotten, however, and thus he guarded the temple storing the treasure for two thousand years. In 0 ABY, he was encountered by a Rebel, who was attempting to eliminate Imperial activity surrounding the temple. Q-7N had tired of his security role, and decided to help the Rebel battle the Empire. Over the course of several months, Q-7N became heavily involved in the Galactic Civil War, and greatly aided the Rebel war effort.
He helped the Rebels unravel a plot concerning contaminated bacta, and stopped an Imperial attack on Delrakkin City. He also helped the Yavin Four Alliance base escape detection by the Liquidator by aiding in its destruction. After helping to eliminate an Imperial spy amidst the Yavin Four Alliance staff, he received a distress call from Malagarr. Returning home, he found his fellow mining droids eliminated, and then was called to help investigate the attempted Imperial theft of the freighter Stellar Manx. Following a journey to Kwenn Space Station and Bonadan in turn, he found himself back on Malagarr, where Frap Radicon was planning to develop new gravity well projector technology. Realizing that the technology was going to be highly detrimental to the Alliance, and also deciding that Malagarr was too unstable to be allowed continued existence, he destroyed his home planet by detonating the giant reactor, destroying himself in the process.
Detien Kaileel was a male Kabieroun who served as a Security Chief on board the Kuari Princess during the Galactic Civil War. He left his homeworld after the Galactic Empire began to subjugate it, studying police science and serving as a detective for dozens of years prior to his appointment on the Kuari Princess. The Kabieroun eventually became an ally of the Alliance to Restore the Republic around the time of the destruction of Alderaan in 0 BBY, providing them with blasters stolen from the Kuari Princess.
Eventually, however, his activities came to the attention of the Imperial Security Bureau, and Lieutenant Adion Lang was sent to investigate. Lang arrested Kaileel, and he was kept in solitary confinement aboard the Kuari Princess for several hours. The Kabieroun was prepared to die, though his close friend Celia Durasha broke him out of the ship's brig and attempted to flee the cruiser with him. Lang was waiting for them in the docking bay, though, and held the two fugitives at gunpoint. Kaileel attempted to shoot the Imperial, but missed, and was fired at in return. Kaileel was killed by the blaster bolts, though Durasha was able to evade Lang and ultimately fled the ship.
September 8 (Week 37), 2008 – Ooroo and First Battle of Empress TetaEdit
Ooroo was a Celegian Jedi Master who acted as an instructor to Jedi students on the planet Ossus for a long time before the Great Hyperspace War in 5,000 BBY. Ooroo's species breathed a gas, deadly to most life-forms, known as cyanogen, whereas oxygen was deadly to them. This caused the Jedi Master to depend on a crystalline life support chamber for survival on oxygen-rich worlds. Ooroo trained many students during his time as a Jedi instructor, but the Draethos Jedi Knight Odan-Urr was by far the most well known. 5,000 years before the Battle of Yavin, Ooroo sent Odan-Urr to help restore peace to the Koros system, which was ravaged by a series of Unification Wars aimed at uniting the seven planets of the system.
During their separation, Ooroo and his apprentice were plagued by visions of long-forgotten Dark Jedi, as well as the pain and suffering the darksiders would bring the Republic. The Celegian Jedi traveled to Koros to meet with his student. Ooroo was on the planet when the Sith Empire launched their attack on the Republic. He and Odan-Urr led the forces of Teta, the Empress of the system, on Kirrek. Teta's men were overrun with Massassi warriors, so the ancient Master sacrificed himself to defeat the Sith warriors, shattering his cyanogen tank and sending the fumes into the Massassi's lungs, killing many of them instantly. He was later known as the Martyr of Kirrek for this selfless act.
The First Battle of Empress Teta, also known as the Battle of Koros Major, was one of the first direct major Republic military offensives against the Krath during the Great Sith War. The last of the seven worlds of the Empress Teta system to resist the military coup instigated by Aleema and Satal Keto, Koros Major held off the aggressive actions of the Krath long enough for a combined Republic and Jedi task force to come to its aid.
Nevertheless, even with the intervention of Jedi and Republic forces, the Krath were able to drive the joint task force from the system and lay siege to Koros Major. With the Republic and Jedi forced to retreat, Koros Major soon fell to the combined strength of the Krath armies. The First Battle of Empress Teta was often seen as one of several events that precipitated the Krath Holy Crusade, which was a part of the larger war against the rise of the Sith.
September 15 (Week 38), 2008 – Cal Omas and Janu GodalhiEdit
Cal Omas was a male Alderaanian who served as the last Chief of State of the New Republic, and the first of the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances, of which he was a founder. He began his service in galactic affairs when he joined the Alliance to Restore the Republic following the destruction of his home planet. He succeeded Leia Organa as Senator of the People of Alderaan in the New Republic, and served in that position for several years, until Chief of State Borsk Fey'lya's suicide on Coruscant during the Yuuzhan Vong attack on the capital.
Omas's peers in the Republic elected him as Fey'lya's successor, and although the New Republic would soon become the Galactic Alliance, the Alderaanian's leadership would see the end of the destructive Yuuzhan Vong War. However, peace was a rarity in the galaxy, and not more than five years later, trouble brewed in the Unknown Regions. The Dark Nest Crisis would not only pose problems to the Alliance externally, but would also create a rift between the government and the Jedi. Omas himself clashed, on several occasions with Jedi such as Kyp Durron, Kenth Hamner, Jacen Solo, and even Luke Skywalker himself. Though the rift was eventually healed, the wound would be opened up again in due course.
When the Alliance was faced with the threat of secession by the Corellians, Omas found himself accosted from all sides. Jacen Solo teamed up with Supreme Commander Cha Niathal, and began chipping away at Omas's government. The Chief of State could do little to retaliate, but when his opposite number in the Corellian government, Dur Gejjen, contacted him for peace talks, Omas saw an opportunity. However, his efforts to work with the Corellians to remove Niathal and Solo were disrupted by soldiers acting on Solo's orders. The upstart Solo then had Omas arrested, and he and Niathal replaced the Alderaaniaan as Joint Chiefs of State. To add insult to injury, Solo told young Ben Skywalker that Omas was responsible for the death of Mara Jade Skywalker (who Solo himself had killed). Ben did not believe Solo, but he considered killing Omas to get near to Jacen, breaking into his prison cell. Before he could, however, Omas told Skywalker of Solo's duplicity, and then deliberately fell on Skywalker's saber, bringing the young man to the resolution he sought, and allowing him to regain the trust of Jacen Solo. He was survived by his daughter, Elya Omas.
Janu Godalhi was a constable, historian, and Rebel from the planet Teth. Known for his law enforcement skills, Godalhi was known throughout the Outer Rim Territories for his thorough pursuit of justice. His skills, coupled with his exhaustive historical knowledge, made him a pioneer of several security techniques and measures.
His unorthodox style garnered the attention of several Coruscant security firms, which sought his advice. Upon visiting the capital, however, Godalhi was witness to the epic Battle of Coruscant. Surviving the chaotic struggle, Godalhi found himself disgusted at the security on Coruscant, and returned to Teth. Shortly after this, the New Order was formed, and the Galactic Empire effectively replaced Godalhi and his men on Teth. Outraged, Godalhi created a resistance movement, and eventually joined the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Following the Battle of Endor, however, Godalhi retired, along with his son, to pursue the chronicling of history further.
September 22 (Week 39), 2008 – Solomahal and Restoration ZoneEdit
Solomahal, a male Lutrillian, was a general in the Grand Army of the Republic and a veteran of the Clone Wars and other conflicts. Famous for liberating the Wode and defeating the Sun Guard's 2nd Regiment, Solomahal had become a general by the time of the Clone Wars, during which he commanded a secret Galactic Republic base on Azure. In 20 BBY, Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Siri Tachi transported a unique codebreaker to Azure, but were followed by Separatist forces; Solomahal refused to surrender in the ensuing battle and was eventually captured by the Separatists. The Lutrillian prevented the codebreaker from falling into CIS hands, destroying it, and was able to escape custody and return to the line of duty.
After the close of the war and the establishment of the New Order, Solomahal became a fugitive, wanted by the Empire. The Lutrillian went into hiding, becoming a scout-for-hire operating out of the planet Tatooine; he often helped sentients escape from the Empire in Greater Javin. Solomahal was a regular in Chalmun's Cantina, and it was here where he met Tzizvvt, a secretive Brizzit treasure hunter. The two became fast friends and embarked on many adventures together.
The term Restoration Zone referred to one such zone in a network of similar areas that were erected during the Telosian Restoration Project on Telos IV, which was begun at the behest of Galactic Republic Supreme Chancellor Cressa in 3,955 BBY. The project itself was overseen by a herd of Ithorians, led by Chodo Habat, in the years following the Jedi Civil War. Under their careful management the zones prospered at first. However, once Czerka Corporation began to take over the operating of various zones, utilizing a combination of legal maneuvering and outright thuggery, they began to fall under mismanagement and disrepair. Eventually, due to the intervention of the Jedi Exile and her companions, the project was able to get back on its feet. In the years that followed, the restoration efforts ultimately succeeded, the zones were dismantled, and the once-beautiful surface of Telos was restored.
September 29 (Week 40), 2008 – Andur Sunrider and 4-8CEdit
Andur Sunrider was a Human male who served as a Jedi trainee during the days of the Galactic Republic. During his childhood he demonstrated a natural interest in the history of the Jedi Order, and enjoyed hearing stories from his grandfather, the Jedi Master Jev Sunrider. Following the death of his grandfather, Andur intensified his dedication to studying everything he could regarding the Jedi. During this time he married a young woman by the name of Nomi and bought a ship which he renamed the Lightside Explorer.
Eventually, his dedication to his studies caught the attention of Jedi Master Chamma, who invited Andur to train as his apprentice on the planet of H'ratth. He studied under Master Chamma for two years and excelled at his training, learning everything that Chamma could teach him. During his time on H'ratth, he and Nomi gave birth to a young daughter whom they named Vima. Once Chamma realized that Andur required further training from a more experienced master, Chamma advised him that he would finish his training under the guidance of Master Thon on Ambria. During Andur's trip to Ambria, he was murdered by criminals who were after the Adegan crystals he was carrying.
Many years after his death, Andur's memory lived on through his daughter Vima, who constructed an enormous ice sculpture of her father during her Jedi training on Rhen Var.
4-8C, or For-Atesee, was an IG-series assassin droid who served as an Imperial Grand Moff and a member of the Imperial Redesign Team during the Galactic Civil War. Devising a project, The Heart of Steel, without any permission from High Command, 4-8C sought to position himself as a hero of the Empire by creating a program that could override every computer within the galaxy.
However, his plans turned sour when the experimental droid B-1D4, carrier of The Heart of Steel virus, was caught in a battle and salvaged by Dilrath, a Skrilling junk merchant. Tracking B-1D4 there, 4-8C discovered that the droid had in fact been sold to one Captain Han Solo, a Rebel sympathizer. 4-8C then enlisted the help of Captain Kassihm and journeyed to Dweem, believing that Solo had fled there. The expedition proved to be uneventful, and 4-8C surmised that B-1D4 had in fact hijacked the Millennium Falcon and taken it to Imperial Center. There, The Heart of Steel deactivated the planetary defenses, causing havoc at the capital. Realizing that his project could be jeopardized, he raced to Merakai, where Solo and the droid were being held. 4-8C broke into the prison, started a riot, and rescued the droid, only to be deactivated and dismantled by Kassihm while escaping the scene.
October 6 (Week 41), 2008 – Gunman and Battle of ToprawaEdit
Gunman was the alias of a member of Churhee's Riflemen and consequently of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Primarily a combat technician, he often made unorthodox use of droids and weaponry to ensure his unit's survival and to outsmart his opponents. He was capable of modifying a broad variety of droids, from medical to culinary to astromech units. He fought in a number of battles against the Galactic Empire on worlds such as Gosho IV and Yitabo, as well as combating Corporate Sector executives, the Ailon Nova Guardsmen and other paramilitary organizations.
The Battle of Toprawa was an early battle in the Galactic Civil War in which the Alliance to Restore the Republic captured a large portion of the Death Star plans from the Galactic Empire. It was the first significant space battle for the fledgling Rebellion, and its first major victory.
After raiding an Imperial convoy above Toprawa and capturing the plans, augmenting them with other plans from a research station on the planet's surface and yet others from a facility on Danuta, the Toprawa Rebels needed a way to transmit the plans off Toprawa and into the hands of the larger Rebellion. The Empire declared the planet a restricted zone, but the Rebels got their chance when Princess Leia Organa arrived in-system in the Tantive IV. The Toprawa Rebels seized an Imperial communications center and transmitted the plans to the Princess's ship while holding off Imperial ground forces. The Tantive IV narrowly escaped the system, with the Star Destroyer Devastator in pursuit, but the majority of the ground forces were killed in the process, and the others were forced into hiding.
While the plans would later help the Rebellion destroy the Death Star, Toprawa was not so fortunate; the Empire retaliated and razed the planet's surface, driving its inhabitants into a state of subjugation.
October 13 (Week 42), 2008 – Sylvar and Teek (species)Edit
Sylvar was a Cathar Jedi Knight from the planet Cathar. The mate of Crado, she trained in the Jedi arts under the Krevaaki Jedi Master Vodo-Siosk Baas on Dantooine, along with Crado and the Human known as Exar Kun. When Kun left Master Vodo's tutelage to become a Dark Lord of the Sith, Sylvar found herself swept up in the events of the Great Sith War. She fought for the Jedi Order and the Galactic Republic alongside such notables as Nomi Sunrider and Master Thon of Ambria. In the course of the war, Sylvar saw much action on Coruscant, Ambria, and the library world of Ossus, where she had a chance to confront Exar Kun himself for his crimes. However, the war also had terrible repercussions, her master was mercilessly slain by Kun after a duel on Coruscant and her mate Crado turned traitor and was ultimately killed by his Sith masters. When the Republic eventually won the war and Exar Kun was defeated, Sylvar found that she had lost everything that she held dear, including the future life she thought she would live.
Later in life, Sylvar made it her personal mission to see to it that Ulic Qel-Droma, the last surviving member of the Sith regime, answer for his crimes. In a brush with the dark side, in which she could not put aside her bitterness for the events of the war, Sylvar attempted to evade her desire by traveling to Ryloth and then to Cathar on missions, to no avail. Only when she faced Qel-Droma, and he refused to fight back, did she finally understand her error and return to the light. Ulic Qel-Droma's death, by hands other than Sylvar's, was instrumental in her redemption.
Teeks were an intelligent species of rodent native to the forest moon of Endor. They had a scruffy appearance, with thick white fur covering their entire body; only their face and hands were devoid of fur. Due to their fast metabolism, Teeks could run extremely quickly, and were often seen as a blur. They were extremely unpopular with the other sentients of Endor—especially the Ewoks, who viewed them as pests. Expert thieves and scavengers, Teeks were known to horde the various trinkets which they had taken from animal nests or Ewok dwellings. Teeks, however, did not think of themselves as dishonest; they always left something behind that they felt was of similar value to whatever they had taken. However, Teeks found value in things where most others would not, meaning that their victims were rarely satisfied with the trade-off.
The only Teek known to have ever left Endor was Yeep, who came first in a prestigious Republic running race in 22 BBY. At the time no-one knew of Yeep's species, though he was judged sentient, and was thus allowed to keep his medal. Teeks were only finally recognized as a species by the galaxy at large during the reign of Emperor Palpatine, who sent a scout team to Endor to search for the species missed by an earlier survey. Another well known Teek was one named simply "Teek," who lived with shipwrecked spacer Noa Briqualon during the Galactic Civil War. He was ultimately left behind when Noa departed the moon on his finally repaired starship.
October 20 (Week 43), 2008 – Alpha-98 and Alzoc IIIEdit
Alpha-98, or A-98, known simply as Nate and later Jangotat, was an Alpha-class Advanced Recon Commando captain in the Grand Army of the Republic. He fought in the Battle of Geonosis, after which he was promoted to the rank of captain for saving five members of his squad from a Hailfire droid. Later, in the Battle of Altair 9, a broca nearly tore his hip off, causing him to require extensive medical treatment from a Republic medical facility. Following his recovery, he was posted to the training world of Vandor-3 to take part in a grueling training exercise aimed at honing the skills of clone troopers.
Due to the exemplary leadership he demonstrated on Vandor-3, A-98's commanding officer offered him a position on an upcoming covert operation, which was vital to the continued war effort of the Republic. With his acceptance he was placed in charge of a group of clone commandos who would be operating on Ord Cestus under the command of Jedi Masters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Kit Fisto. During his time on Ord Cestus, Nate developed a relationship with a freedom fighter by the name of Sheeka Tull; her love for him helped show him that there was more to life than what he had been created to do. In his final mission of the war, A-98 sacrificed his own life by calling down friendly fire on his own position deep within enemy territory. His actions allowed the Republic to destroy their Separatist target, thus preventing a massive blanket bombing, which would have cost the lives of millions of innocent civilians. Following the mission, it was revealed that Sheeka had become pregnant with Nate's child.
Alzoc III was the third world in the Alzoc system of the Outer Rim Territories. It was a frozen world, dominated by arctic tundra and frozen wastes. This limited the amount of wildlife on the surface. The sole sentient species native to the planet was the Talz. Tall bipeds covered in gray-white fur, they were notable for their four eyes, an adaption to dazzling sunlight reflected off snow.
While the planet was sporadically visited during the reign of the Galactic Republic, its major introduction to galactic society was through Imperial scouts. Discovering a world rich with natural resources and an available work force, the Empire secretly enslaved the planet, conscripting the natives to work in large mines. The extracted ore was then shipped off to Imperial shipyards; the valuable Alzoc Pearl was also collected. The Imperials only withdrew from the planet after the Battle of Endor as part of widespread consolidation of forces. The New Republic later discovered records of the planet and established contact.
The planet was twice revisited by Imperial elements in 12 ABY. The Eye of Palpatine, a rogue battlemoon, stopped there to collect long-absent stormtroopers, before continuing on to Belsavis. That year, the Empire Reborn also established a base on the planet, which was infiltrated by New Republic Intelligence Service agents Kyle Katarn and Jan Ors.
October 27 (Week 44), 2008 – Romeo Treblanc and Hamo BlastwellEdit
Romeo Treblanc was a holodrama actor and later businessman who owned the Galaxies Opera House of Coruscant. Always in the limelight, Treblanc used his fame to mask the fact that he had a severe gambling problem. He would constantly journey to the Outer Rim Territories to observe and bet on illegal podraces, usually to no success. On one trip to Tatooine to see the prestigious Boonta Eve Classic podrace, Treblanc encountered Diva Shaliqua, a Theelin halfbreed in which he saw great operatic potential.
Unfortunately for Treblanc, his string of poor gambling luck sent him plummeting into financial ruin. A stroke of good fortune befell him, however, when Supreme Chancellor Palpatine offered to clear all his debts in return for a high-security private box at Galaxies. Treblanc happily accepted, and even gave the supplier of the funds, Ottegru Grey, a lifetime pass to the Opera House. Treblanc then returned to Tatooine and freed Shaliqua, hoping to give her a part in an upcoming musical. However, she fled his custody, taking some of his possessions, and he found himself once again the arbiter of a poor financial gambit. The Opera House flourished, however, and during the Clone Wars, it played host to many members of Coruscant high society.
Hamo Blastwell was a Rebel starfighter pilot who served in Red Squadron on the Mon Calamari Star Cruiser Independence during the Galactic Civil War. He served as the squadron's orientation officer, helping to introduce new pilots to the squadron and assisting with their training. After participating in several battles, and playing an important role in helping to defeat Operation Strike Fear, Blastwell was promoted to commander. Following his promotion he became heavily involved in mission planning and special missions, spending less time flying with the squadron.
Blastwell flew in the Battle of Yavin, in which he was believed to have been killed. However, he survived and went undercover in the Imperial Navy using the alias Trace. During his time with the Galactic Empire, Blastwell assisted in bringing a resolution to the Sepan Civil War. Following the defection of Admiral Harkov, Blastwell successfully infiltrated the Secret Order of the Emperor. He eventually came to serve under Demetrius Zaarin, shortly before the Grand Admiral's coup against Emperor Palpatine. Blastwell later attempted to steal the plans to the TIE/D Defender for the Alliance. Although he was unsuccessful, he was able to evade capture.
November 3 (Week 45), 2008 – Ood Bnar and Platt OkeefeEdit
Ood Bnar was a Neti Jedi Master who lived for over five thousand years, from before the Great Hyperspace War in 5,000 BBY until 10 ABY. Bnar was born on the planet Ryyk, but found himself stranded on Myrkr during his youth. He eventually joined the Jedi Order, and over time became one of the most respected and revered Masters of the era. Bnar specialized in the history of the Sith, and preferred to avoid combat where possible, though he often advised more martial Jedi on how best to fight the dark side. Eventually, he had such knowledge of Jedi and Sith lore that he recorded a holocron, which was passed down through the generations for centuries.
Ood eventually became the understudy of Head Librarian Odan-Urr at the Great Jedi Library on Ossus, and after his friend's death at the hands of Exar Kun during the Great Sith War in 4,000 BBY, Ood took over his role as Head Librarian. However, his reign would not last long. He was among the Jedi who discovered that they would have little time to evacuate before Ossus was destroyed by a Sith-created supernova in the nearby Cron Cluster. While the other Jedi hurried to save as much as they could, Ood went to his bundle of ancient lightsabers, hoping they would survive the shockwave heading for the planet. However, he was interrupted by Exar Kun, who had come to Ossus to scavenge any artifacts left behind. Knowing he could not defeat the Dark Lord of the Sith, Ood transformed into a giant and immovable tree, barring Kun from the trove of sabers.
Ood survived the devastation of Ossus, and entered a millennia-long slumber. He was awakened in 10 ABY to find Luke Skywalker and Kam Solusar facing off against a Dark Side Elite named Sedriss QL, who had taken a native girl hostage. Ood freed the girl and gripped Sedriss tightly with his roots. The darksider attempted to use the dark energies contained in Ossus's skies against Bnar, but the Neti fought back, counteracting Sedriss's attack by using the powers rooted deep in the Ossus ground. He eventually sacrificed himself to stop Sedriss and save the two Jedi and the native.
Platt Okeefe, nicknamed Oakie, was a famous Brentaalan smuggler, entrepreneur and freedom fighter. Raised in one of Brentaal's prominent trading houses, Okeefe abandoned her comfortable life at an early age to journey among the stars. She soon became a smuggler for the Klatooinian Trade Guild only to be later sold into slavery. Escaping with the help of Tru'eb Cholakk, a fellow slave, Okeefe continued her smuggling career. She was later pursued by the Imperial Security Bureau who temporarily captured her before Okeefe escaped them as well. In response to this attention, she sought a quiet planet to base her activities on. To this end, she investigated the planet Dagobah, only to encounter Boba Fett there.
With growing contacts with the Rebel Alliance, Okeefe began working with the mercenary Dirk Harkness, even rescuing him from Imperial custody on the planet Zelos II. After this, she frequently worked with his mercenary group, the Black Curs. Together they reconnoitered the Core Worlds for the New Republic. This attracted the attention of Imperial Advisor Bregius Golthan, who captured Okeefe on the planet Canyon. Rescued by the Black Curs, Okeefe got her revenge when they blew up Golthan's flagship over Wroona.
Okeefe was a legend among smugglers, writing a number of popular guides. She frequently helped out other smugglers, providing advice through Smuggler's Logs and other channels. Okeefe was even rumored to be responsible for the infamous Cynabar's InfoNet.
November 10 (Week 46), 2008 – Max (bunny) and Marn HierogryphEdit
Max was a demented, diminutive, and destructive member of the bunny species. Over the course of his career, he worked with several different beings, such as an unidentified sentient dog and New Republic agent Kyle Katarn. His visage could be found in various locations across the galaxy, notably in Fuel City, on the world of Sulon. On that same planet, Max would stay at the House of Max, in the capital city of Barons Hed. Later, he teamed up with Katarn to hunt down Derrida, a spy who had taken refuge at the Kwenn Space Station. The pair were able to apprehend the Ketton agent, but nearly destroyed the station while doing so.
Marn "Gryph" Hierogryph, also known as Baron Hieromarn and Remulus Horne, was a Snivvian black marketeer and confidence trickster who resided on Taris during the Mandalorian Wars. Competing with the Black Vulkars and the Hidden Beks for market superiority, Hierogryph's activities riled the Tarisian constabulary, leading them to enlist the services of the Jedi Order. Padawan Zayne Carrick was tasked with apprehending Hierogryph, but time and time again, the Snivvian was able to elude him. On the Jedi's ninth attempt, he finally caught Hierogryph, but a sudden turn of events—the Padawan Massacre of Taris—forced the two to work together to escape the Jedi Covenant.
Enlisting the services of Gorman Vandrayk and Jarael, Hierogryph and Carrick were able to escape Taris, though not without sizable bounties on their heads. Eventually, the group became entangled in the Mandalorian Wars, during which Hierogryph put his confidence skills to good use. After retrieving funds from the banking world of Telerath, and departing from Vandrayk and Jarael's company, Hierogryph and Carrick masqueraded as civilian supply personnel on Serroco. Unfortunately for the pair, the Mandalorians attacked, and while Carrick was able to escape the nuclear bombardment of the planet, it appeared that Hierogryph had perished. He survived, however, and participated in a resistance movement with the Hidden Beks on Taris against the Mandalorian occupation. Eventually, he began working with Carrick to clear the young fugitive's name and implicate the Covenant with the Padawan Massacre.
November 17 (Week 47), 2008 – Koth Melan and Conclave on Exis StationEdit
Koth Melan was a member of the Bothan Spynet during the Galactic Civil War. Since the Galactic Empire had executed his father in 17 BBY for supposed treason, Melan was sympathetic to the Alliance to Restore the Republic, and sought to help them in order to regain his honor. In 3 ABY, his agents caught wind of a new Imperial military project that could pose a threat to the Alliance. He attempted to contact Leia Organa, but his message was instead intercepted by Luke Skywalker and Dash Rendar.
This proved to be a stroke of luck for Melan, since data pertinent to the project would be passing through the Both system on the Mobquet medium transport Suprosa. He enlisted Commander Skywalker to train the Bothan pilots of Blue Squadron, and then, aboard Dash Rendar's ship, the Outrider, participated in the First Battle of Bothawui. With the data retrieved, Melan directed Skywalker and Rendar to Kothlis, where a team of Bothan slicers could decipher the data. While Melan's team were working on the retrieval, the Kothlis safehouse was attacked by Barabel bounty hunters, and in the ensuing gunfight, Melan was shot and killed. Agent Borsk Fey'lya was able to escape with the data, however, and it was eventually discovered to be the plans for the Death Star II.
The Conclave on Exis Station was held by the members of the Jedi Order in 3,986 BBY on Exis Station, an ion mining station in the Teedio system. The convocation was the first major meeting of the Jedi since the Conclave on Deneba held during the Krath Holy Crusade of ten years earlier. Following the events of the Great Sith War, in which the Galactic Republic had fallen into turmoil and a large number of the Jedi were killed—including a majority of the Order's most influential Masters—the galaxy had experienced marked recovery, but the Jedi sought direction. Nomi Sunrider, the head of the Jedi at the time, called as many of her comrades as could attend to Exis Station, where a meeting would be held discussing the future of the Order.
Sunrider held forth before the Jedi, speaking of the great cost of the war, the period of healing the galaxy had gone through, and the future of the Jedi Knights. The conclave was interrupted, however, when Vima Sunrider, Nomi's daughter, stole an ion mining vessel and was very nearly killed. Following her rescue by Tott Doneeta, the meeting continued. Sylvar spoke next, condemning the fallen Jedi Ulic Qel-Droma for his actions in the war, and calling the Jedi to seek justice against him. Following the Conclave on Exis Station, the Jedi experienced a period of relative peace; the convocation would be remembered thousands of years later as a pivotal point in Jedi history.
November 24 (Week 48), 2008 – Raith Sienar and Vors VoorhorianEdit
Raith Sienar was a prominent engineer during the closing years of the Galactic Republic and early days of the Galactic Empire, producing countless highly advanced designs, most well-known among them the TIE fighter; he was also the originator of the concept for the Death Star. Ambitious and keen, Sienar was raised inside the Sienar family, which had run the prominent shipbuilding concern Santhe/Sienar Technologies for thousands of years. Sienar struck off to prove himself as a teen before returning to the fold, where his father Narro Sienar trained him to take over the company. When Narro was killed by assassins seeking Raith, the younger Sienar, only in his twenties, took over the company. For the next decade, Sienar lived an aristocratic lifestyle, designing unique and cutting-edge ships on Coruscant for wealthy and secretive clients, among them the Scimitar for Darth Sidious.
In 29 BBY, Sienar's friend Wilhuff Tarkin recruited him into a scheme to take control of Zonama Sekot, a world producing advanced living ships. Sienar already knew of the world and had plans of his own, but acquiesced to Tarkin's demands. Sienar was given command of a squadron of ships and sent after Sekot, but Tarkin had designed the mission to fail, and swept in expecting to save the day with his own force. The Sekotans defeated them, however, and fled; Zonama Sekot was equipped with enormous hyperdrive engines that allowed it to jump to hyperspace. Tarkin was only able to save himself from disgrace by presenting Palpatine with Sienar's plans for an Expeditionary Battle Planetoid; Sienar had lost interest in the design, but it would form the basis of the Death Star years later. Sienar continued developing ships, and when Palpatine declared himself Galactic Emperor, he placed Sienar in command of a new company, Sienar Fleet Systems, where Sienar designed the iconic TIE fighter and became one of the new Empire's primary arms providers, a role he held until he was cut down by assassins financed by corporate rivals.
Vors Voorhorian was an Incom Corporation engineer who designed the T-65 X-wing starfighter. After being arrested by the Galactic Empire following the seizure of the X-wing prototypes by Alliance to Restore the Republic agents, he escaped and set up his own factory on a remote world. Fearful of Imperial retribution, he set up several contingency plans securing his newly manufactured craft and even took to disguising himself as a used starship salesman to deter suspicion.
Following the Battle of Yavin, Voorhorian was contacted by Leia Organa, who sought replacements for the starfighters lost in the battle. He obliged, although the Rebels inadvertently led Imperial starfighters to his secret factory. Luckily for him, his fighters were secure, and after a brief engagement with a squad of TIE Fighters, the new ships were securely in Alliance hands. Voorhorian decided that he would be better served helping the Rebellion and upon the delivery of his craft to Yavin 4, he remained on the forest moon, at the Great Temple. His fighter would go on to serve the Alliance, and in turn the New Republic, for many years.
December 1 (Week 49), 2008 – Gavin Darklighter and Second Battle of Empress TetaEdit
Gavin Darklighter was a man who overcame humble origins on Tatooine to become a decorated pilot in Rogue Squadron, then Rogue Leader, then commanding admiral of a battle fleet. Born to moisture farmers, Darklighter grew up in the shadow of his older cousin, Biggs Darklighter—hero of the Rebellion. When he turned sixteen, Darklighter felt the pull of the stars, and determined to make his own way in the galaxy, joining the New Republic. With his parents' blessing, Darklighter entered the New Republic military and the piloting talents he had honed in his skyhopper at home landed him in the legendary Rogue Squadron, the successor to Biggs's unit. Despite his youth, Darklighter distinguished himself early, serving in the campaign to take Coruscant and resigning his commission to pursue Ysanne Isard, then rejoining with the rest of the Rogues and helping bring down Warlord Zsinj. During that time, Darklighter met and fell in love with a Bothan, Asyr Sei'lar. By the end of their service in the Thrawn campaign, Darklighter and Sei'lar were ready to marry and adopt children. This plan was cut tragically short when Sei'lar was reported dead during Rogue Squadron's campaign to oust the warlord Delak Krennel.
Darklighter bounced back, however, marrying Sera Faleur and raising a family of five children. When iconic Rogue Leaders Wedge Antilles and Tycho Celchu retired in the wake of the peace treaty with the Imperial Remnant, they handed command of the New Republic's most elite squadron to Darklighter. Darklighter proudly carried on the Rogue tradition during the Yuuzhan Vong War, fighting the invaders at every turn and recruiting future Rogue Leader Jaina Solo into the squadron. After the war, Darklighter transferred to Fleet Command, just as Antilles had some twenty years before. He quickly rose to the rank of commodore, during which time he served in the Swarm War, and then rear admiral. When the Second Galactic Civil War broke out, Darklighter continued to serve the Galactic Alliance despite having friends on both sides, but increasingly grew to resent Jacen Solo's methods of operating the Galactic Alliance. During the Battle of Balmorra, Darklighter gained command of the Galactic Alliance Fourth Fleet when his superior was killed in combat and was quickly able to force an enemy withdrawal. Darklighter continued serving the Galactic Alliance until the conclusion of the war.
The Second Battle of Empress Teta was a brief conflict that occurred during the Great Sith War. The battle took place almost immediately after another mission in which the Jedi Knights Nomi Sunrider, Cay Qel-Droma, and Tott Doneeta attempted to make contact with the undercover Ulic Qel-Droma, who they believed was posing as a Krath sympathizer. Following this attempt to contact Ulic, during which the Jedi realized that he was dangerously close to falling to the dark side, Sunrider organized a second effort aimed at extracting Ulic, if possible, from the Krath capital.
With the Beast Riders of Oron Kira, the Jedi led an attack on the Krath palace where Qel-Droma was staying. Even though the attack was successful at penetrating the Krath defenses, Qel-Droma refused to return to Ossus with Sunrider and the other Jedi, choosing instead to stay with Aleema Keto and the Krath. Following the Jedi retreat from Cinnagar, Exar Kun arrived at the Krath palace to confront those whom he viewed as a threat to his Sith rule. Following a brief confrontation, the two ex-Jedi decided to join forces, and together, wage war on the galaxy.
December 8 (Week 50), 2008 – Eugene Talmont and Drake Lo'gaanEdit
Eugene Talmont was the Imperial Prefect of Mos Eisley spaceport. Following the footsteps of his father, he was constantly assigned to backwater worlds and cities, due to his unremarkable past. When given his Mos Eisley assignment, he at first saw it as an opportunity to reform and tame the lowlifes and "riff-raff" that populated the streets, but in a short space of time, he began dedicating all his resources to obtain a transfer.
At first setting his sights on Rebel fugitives who wandered into his territory, Talmont began combating the Hutt cartels that harried honest business in Mos Eisley. He had no qualms about taking bribes and getting involved in underhanded business to fight Jabba Desilijic Tiure, the most powerful crime lord in the sector. At first hiring honest Imperial citizens to infiltrate Jabba's community, Talmont's actions drew the attention of Governor Tour Aryon, who contacted the Imperial Security Bureau, Imperial Intelligence, and the Inquisitorius in turn to discover the truth behind the Prefect's dealings. Talmont was able to evade disaster though, and by 4 ABY he was still working to destroy Jabba's empire.
Drake Lo'gaan was a Human male Jedi Padawan during the Clone Wars. Apprenticed to Master Roron Corobb, Lo'gaan participated in the galaxy-wide conflict, but was separated from his master during the Battle of Coruscant. During the battle, Corobb was slain by General Grievous, leaving Lo'gaan without a master. Soon after, Anakin Skywalker sent Lo'gaan to Felucia to aid in the ongoing Battle of Felucia|battle on that world. There, he met Ekria and Zonder, fellow masterless Padawans, and he witnessed the enactment of Order 66. Fleeing back to Coruscant with his new friends, he lived his life on the run from the Inquisitorius, particularly Antinnis Tremayne.
The trio of Padawans eventually became freelance crime-fighters in Coruscant's underworld, and were involved in a Black Sun plot. Though they thought themselves safe at first, their dealings with Prince Xizor put them in grave danger, and resulted in the death of Zonder at the hands of Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith. Lo'gaan and Ekria sought revenge, and planned to assassinate Vader on Tepasi, but they had a contingency plan in place, in case the attempt failed. Lo'gaan unsuccessfully dueled with Vader, but survived the encounter thanks to trickery on Ekria's part, and the pair were able to live their lives in solitude, believed dead by the agents of the Galactic Empire.
December 15 (Week 51), 2008 – Battle of Kemplex IX and Rookie OneEdit
The Battle of Kemplex IX was an engagement between Jedi and Sith forces that took place during the Great Sith War. Fought in the year 3,996 BBY, the battle proved to be one of the major turning-points of that conflict. The Sith Lord Ulic Qel-Droma originally conceived of a plan to attack the Republic base at Kemplex IX as a feint, in order to draw forces away in preparation for the upcoming attack on Coruscant. Following the capture of Qel-Droma during that battle, Aleema Keto again proposed the idea to attack Kemplex IX and capture the jump-station there. Events, however, conspired against Keto and her plans for herself and Mandalore the Indomitable to attack the space station; Qel-Droma was rescued from Coruscant by the Dark Lord of the Sith Exar Kun and Mandalore. Following his rescue, Qel-Droma decided that Keto and Crado would lead an attack on Kemplex IX in preparation for an attack on Ossus. Through the use of Sith magic, Keto unwittingly set off a chain reaction of explosions in the Cron Cluster, which destroyed all forces present, both Sith and Jedi. The resulting supernova also sent out a massive wave of destruction from its source, which eventually devastated the Jedi planet of Ossus.
"Rookie One" was the handle of a Human pilot who fought for the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War; it was used to refer to him during his training prior to the Battle of Yavin, but stuck as a nickname later, typically used instead of his actual name. Originally a farm hand on Tatooine, Rookie One joined the Rebel Alliance shortly after the Battle of Toprawa. After completing his training in the Alliance's base near Beggar's Canyon, the young Rebel fought in the First Battle of Tatooine, during which his squadron led an assault on an Imperial-class Star Destroyer, and later helped to buy time for the safe evacuation of personnel from Gamma Base on Hoth during an Imperial attack. Rookie One was transferred to the Great Temple on Yavin 4 shortly before the arrival of the Death Star and was one of the few Rebel pilots to survive the subsequent Battle of Yavin.
Rookie One would continue to serve the Rebellion and, shortly after the Battle of Hoth, was instrumental in uncovering an Imperial project to develop a cloaking device for use on the TIE Phantom. His rescue of the freighter Corellia Star on the planet Dreighton gave the Alliance hints of a secret Imperial project in the Belt of Arah. As part of Rascal Squadron, Rookie One destroyed the Arah mining facility, but soon after witnessed the Phantom TIEs when his group was attacked and he was the sole survivor. With this information, Rookie One traveled to Imdaar where, with the cooperation of Ru Murleen, he managed to infiltrate the Super Star Destroyer Terror and steal one of the new starfighters. Furthermore, the two Rebel agents were able to destroy not only the Terror, but the TIE Phantom factory at Imdaar Alpha before returning the captured ship to the Alliance, putting an effective end to the project.
December 22 (Week 52), 2008 – Ric Olié and ThonEdit
Ric Olié was a Human male starfighter and starship pilot who served in the Royal Naboo Security Forces. He was the commander of the Naboo Royal Space Fighter Corps, and the leader of Echo Flight, Alpha Flight and Bravo Squadron. An expert pilot, he was qualified to fly any vessel that was a part of Naboo's fleet.
Olié's talents also landed him the job of the Queen's personal pilot, often flying the Royal starship in the service of Padmé Amidala. Due to Naboo's pacifistic nature, Olié's skills were rarely in use, although he saw military action during the Invasion of Naboo. He was also slightly superstitious, and thought of his astromech droid R2-A6 as a good luck charm.
Thon was a secretive and often reclusive male Tchuukthai Jedi Master who lived in the period surrounding the events of the Great Sith War. He kept the details concerning his race, homeworld, and origins a closely guarded secret, and possessed extensive knowledge of the Force even in as-yet-unknown techniques. Soon after first visiting the Jedi library world of Ossus, Thon became a Jedi Master, and went in search of a planet where he could live and study in solitude and peace. The Force guided him to Ambria, a planet in the Stenness Node that was plagued by the dark side. After containing the Sith influence to a single spot, Thon settled down and began to take Jedi apprentices, among them Oss Wilum and the future head of the Jedi Order, Nomi Sunrider.
Splitting his time between life on Ambria and communion with the other Jedi Masters on Ossus, Thon often took an advisory role, yet found himself immersed in such events as the Battle of Deneba during the Krath Holy Crusade. Due to his high-profile pupils and his high esteem within the Order, Thon became directly involved in the Great Sith War. Escaping a plot by Dark Lord of the Sith Exar Kun to have the Jedi Masters murdered by their former wards, Thon left Ambria and took a more active role in the conflict. He assisted in the evacuation of Ossus before the planet was devastated by a supernova unleashed by the Sith, and was present at Yavin 4 when Exar Kun made his final stand and was defeated, ending the war. Thon was one of the few Jedi Masters to survive the conflict. A decade after the events of the war, Thon attended the Conclave on Exis Station, where his former apprentice, Nomi Sunrider, discussed the future of the Jedi Order.
Warb Null was a dark side apprentice and King Ommin's armored commander of the Naddist forces during the First Battle of Onderon in the Freedon Nadd Uprising. Originally named Shas Dovos, Null was formerly an aspiring young student of metalwork, though when a sinister Sith spirit tricked him into constructing a tainted suit of armor, he became a mindless servant of the dark side. The spirit resided in the very pages of an ancient Sith book discovered by Dovos in the wilds of his native planet Onderon, and eventually it fused Dovos to the dark armor and renamed him Warb Null.
Null became the leader of the Naddists who raided the city of Iziz during the Freedon Nadd Uprising. They defeated the Onderonian forces, as well as a team of Jedi sent by the Galactic Republic, and successfully recaptured the sarcophagi of Ommin's late wife Amanoa, and the former Dark Lord of the Sith Freedon Nadd. Later, Warb Null helped free Ommin from his life-support facility; however, that time the young Jedi Knights he had previously defeated were too strong, as Ulic Qel-Droma engaged the Sith warrior in a duel and decapitated him. Null's death was, in the end, insignificant to Ommin, who felt the armor-clad soldier had fulfilled his purpose.
Picaroon C. Boodle, later known as Pic, was a mutated Kowakian monkey-lizard who, alongside his "brother" Gorc, served as one of Jerec's Seven Dark Jedi. After being captured by the Empire for use as research subjects, Pic and Gorc were taken by Lord Cronal, who trained and mutated them, before pressing them into the service of Jerec. The two Dark Jedi took on each other's genes and characteristics, and through a symbiotic link in the Force, they were able to sense each other's presence, emotions, and thoughts. Pic and his companion made a deadly pair: Pic's speed and intelligence when combined with Gorc's brute strength left many of their opponents dead during their time under Jerec.
During the search for the lost Valley of the Jedi in 5 ABY, Pic and Gorc were sent to destroy the droid 8t88 and kill Kyle Katarn aboard the ship Sulon Star. The two easily deactivated the droid, but Katarn managed to kill Gorc, who had underestimated the Rebel agent. The death of his companion sent Pic into a frenzied rage, and the monkey-lizard viciously attacked Katarn, though he was eventually killed when the Rebel instinctively hit him with the heavy, dismembered head of 8t88.
Chrag'mak'al was a Givin pirate who operated during the reign of the Galactic Empire. A former priest, Chrag'mak'al left his homeworld after becoming disillusioned with his predictable life, and began working as an astrogator on a series of heavy freighters. However, due to his xenophobia, he was unable to work with other species, and could not keep a position for any length of time. Eventually, he joined the Duros crew of the Tesserahedron, using his mathematical abilities to determine when and where a targeted ship would come out of hyperspace. After two standard years of lucrative operations, the Duros crew decided to retire, though Chrag'mak'al continued his illegal ventures.
He purchased the Tesserahedron from his former crewmates, and employed a team of boarders comprised entirely of his fellow Givin. They used their species' ability to survive in space to great effect, becoming one of the most infamous group of pirates of the era. However, the Imperials soon sent out a arrest warrant for the Givin marauders, charging Chrag'mak'al with mass murder and piracy. He managed to avoid being arresting at the first attempt made by the Empire, though whether he was eventually imprisoned is not known.