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Ord Antalaha was a planet located along the Shwuy Exchange, in the Colonies region of the galaxy, that was colonized and established as an Ordnance/Regional Depot by the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars. As a military outpost, Ord Antalaha was primarily used for storage and recreational purposes, prompting the construction of thousands of warehouses across the planet. After the Clone Wars, all military forces abandoned the planet, leaving the civilian colonists as the planet's only inhabitants. The colonist population, however, quickly declined over the years and Ord Antalaha soon became a regular stopover and haven for pirates, smugglers, and other space-faring criminals.
This new wave of fringe elements soon inhabited Ord Antalaha's unoccupied warehouses, arming and barricading them into impenetrable fortresses referred to as "Resorts." The colonists, despite the arrival of their new neighbors, continued living their lives in peace as simple farmers. In fact, the majority of Ord Antalaha's criminal population found it wise to prevent the harassment of the colonists for fear of attracting unwanted Imperial attention. Though no formal government ruled over the planet after the Clone Wars, the collective fringe presence on the world operated under a code consisting of three fundamental rules. Ord Antalaha's sole starport was Fort Divin, a center of black marketeering and smuggling. (Read more…)
Cut Lawquane was a clone trooper who served in the Galactic Republic's Grand Army. Following the Battle of Geonosis, which sparked the Clone Wars, Lawquane's clone trooper transport was attacked by two Confederate gunships. The gunships fired on the clone transport, which caused it to crash. While most of his team had been injured or killed in the crash, Lawquane deserted the squad, escaping death. After leaving the Grand Army and the war, the former clone trooper met and married a female Twi'lek named Suu. Lawquane became the adoptive father of Suu's two children: a girl named Shaeeah and a boy named Jek. As Lawquane wanted to avoid being detected by the Republic, the family lived on a farm on the planet Saleucami.
However, the war eventually came to Saleucami, when Republic troops were hunting the Confederate General Grievous. While Lawquane was away from the farm delivering his first harvest, the homestead was visited by a squad of clone troopers looking for refuge for their wounded captain, Rex. After returning to the homestead that night, Lawquane invited Rex to join his family inside their homestead. Soon afterward, Shaeeah accidentally activated a series of BX-series droid commandos, who were inside an abandoned escape pod in the farm's nearby field. Lawquane and Rex defeated the droids, and Rex departed Lawquane's farm the next day. Before he left the farm, the Clone Captain told the former clone trooper that he was not going to turn him in for deserting, allowing Lawquane to live in peace with his family. (Read more…)
Jabba the Hutt's Will, also known as JTHW and Jabba's "true will and testament," was a disputed document circulated by Zorba Desilijic Tiure in 5 ABY, entitling Zorba to the estate of his late son, Jabba Desilijic Tiure. After his death at Carkoon in 4 ABY, no full will of Jabba's was discovered, and in lieu of a natural heir, the Hutt crime lord's holdings throughout the galaxy were seized by underlings and local authorities, as well as a few of his relatives to whom he had left some valuables. Zorba was imprisoned on Kip at the time and so was unaware of his son's death; upon Zorba's release, he collected the will's master copy from Jabba's Palace on Tatooine and began to distribute it around the criminal underworld.
The document held up to scrutiny in Hutt courts; most of Jabba's estate was transferred to Zorba, and he wrested control of the Desilijic clan from the hands of Jabba's usurpers, Kumac and Jelasi. However, Zorba's leadership was unpopular, and his reign short-lived; before long several Hutt courts declared the will a forgery, and Jabba's criminal empire was once against absorbed by various factions. Zorba was deposed as Desilijic leader and went into hiding. (Read more…)
Halmere was a High Inquisitor during the Galactic Civil War. At the conclusion of the Clone Wars, Halmere was one of the many Force-sensitive adepts held by the Galactic Empire on the Deep Core world of Byss. There, he and his fellow captives were tested by the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader, to determine whether or not they could be of use to the Empire. Halmere, along with Antinnis Tremayne, Lanu Pasiq, and Gwellib Ap-Llewff, were selected by Vader, while the rest were killed. Subsequently, the four initiates were made Inquisitors, servants of Vader and his newly-formed Inquisitorius.
Trained by Vader himself, the Inquisitors were soon tasked with hunting down a rogue Jedi who was hiding on Imperial Center. Identified as Jodd Sonta, Halmere, Tremayne, and the others confronted the fugitive and his Jedi allies, Ekria and Zonder, but were foiled during the ensuing skirmish, allowing the criminals to escape. Many years later, shortly after the Dissolution of the Imperial Senate, Halmere was tasked by Emperor Palpatine with interviewing former Senator Canna Omonda of Chandrila, who was a vocal critic of the Emperor. During the ensuing interview with Halmere, Omonda admitted to high treason, and was later sentenced to death. (Read more…)
Variise, a member of the all-female Mistryl Shadow Guard, served Moff Caerbellak as his bodyguard and trusted agent following the Battle of Endor. She was rumored to have been rescued by the Moff from pirates prior to her service to him, an idea that satisfied the curiosities of those who wondered why a Mistryl would be working for someone representing the hated enemy of their people, the Empire. Variise's ruthlessness and sadistic attitude soon gained her a fearful reputation among those who knew of her.
Variise later accompanied Caerbellak to Rydonni Prime, where the Moff intended to procure a prototype weapon being developed by the weapons manufacturing company Rythani Products. The pair attended a royal parade preceding the prototype's unveiling ceremony hosted by King Rilvvan K'ntarr, ruler of Rydonni Prime and CEO of Rythani Products, but Caerbellak was soon given word that the prototype had been stolen from the Rythani Products Building. In the middle of the parade, the pilot of one of the All Terrain Armored Transports in formation identified himself as the thief who had stolen the prototype. Under Caerbellak's orders, Variise boarded the walker and attempted to retrieve the weapon. She engaged the thief, Sienn Sconn, in close-quarters combat, but Sconn was able to throw her over the edge of the walker's lowered side ramp and detonate a thermal half-sphere he had placed there, killing Variise. (Read more…)
Darth Vectivus, in the life he enjoyed prior to becoming a Sith, was a male Human who served as the director of the Jonex Mine Eight Eleven B asteroid mining colony in the MZX32905 star system near the planet Bimmiel. A shrewd and principled businessman, he shut down the operation when the reservoir of dark side energy over which the colony was situated began to negatively influence his employees. Because of his own Force sensitivity, he began to study and experiment with the mysterious anomaly himself, where he developed a Force technique which involved the creation of dark side–empowered phantoms. He eventually did away with the entire mining operation and left the habitat for a time in search of the Sith. His quest was ultimately fruitful, and upon completion of his apprenticeship he ascended to mastery as Darth Vectivus, Dark Lord of the Sith. Though a proponent of the dark side, Darth Vectivus' self-discipline and preexisting code of ethics allowed him to remain fair and balanced without succumbing to the lure of power which plagued many of the Sith Lords who preceded him. He eventually returned to the mine and maintained a plentiful existence in the company of friends and loved ones alike.
Vectivus passed into physical death centuries prior to 40 ABY, but his spirit retained its power and lingered in Jonex's labyrinthine mines underneath the Home, where in life he had once resided. It was also there where his ghost met then–Dark Lady of the Sith Lumiya, who had since taken up residence in his home. Lumiya later raised a phantom of Lord Vectivus that encountered a young female Jedi Knight named Nelani Dinn in the asteroid mines. Vectivus had a conversation with Dinn, during which he attempted to convince her to slay him in order to save the lives of countless others. Dinn declined the offer, which prompted the Dark Lord to transform into the likeness of former Galactic Emperor Palpatine and entice Dinn to strike down the visage of a known villain. Vectivus rebuked her when she again refused him, and declared that she lacked the ability to sacrifice a life other than her own for the sake of many. He then illuminated the exit, mocked Dinn's purported weakness, and allowed her to escape while he disappeared into the Force. (Read more…)
The Jedi Tower, also referred to as the Taris Academy, was a satellite academy for Jedi training built in Highport on the Outer Rim world Taris. It was used by the Jedi Order prior to and during the Mandalorian Wars, a conflict between the Galactic Republic and the Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders. Isolated from other structures by a skybridge, the Tower was a tall, tapering building with the Council chamber at its pinnacle. Adjoining the main structure was a smaller, vertical tower that contained a turbolift to access different levels of the Tower via walkways between the two. Surrounding the base of the Tower was a landing area staffed by labor droids.
In 3964 BBY, the Tower was operated by the First WatchCircle of the Jedi Covenant who killed their students in the Padawan Massacre of Taris. Nevertheless, one of the Padawans—a Human named Zayne Carrick—escaped the Masters' trap and was forced to flee offworld with the Snivvian Marn Hierogryph after both were framed as the culprits of the Massacre. The Masters were recalled to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant when their efforts to track Carrick down failed, with the Padawan even contacting them to say that he would track down and kill each Master until his name was cleared.
The Mandalorians, led by Cassus Fett, later invaded the planet and took the Tower as their own. Carrick returned to Taris to assist Hierogryph and the Taris Resistance in their plans to assassinate Fett by blowing the Tower up with the Mandalorian inside. The Togrutan Raana Tey, one of the First WatchCircle and still wanting Carrick dead, provisionally cooperated with the former Padawan and Shel Jelavan in their planned role of infiltrating the Tower prior to detonation to determine if Fett was still inside. Simultaneously, however, the paranoid Tey intended to kill Carrick before he could kill her as he had warned. When the plan was enacted, Carrick discovered that the Mandalorian leader was not in the Tower, and was confronted by Tey. They dueled until Jelavan intervened, wounding Tey with her brother's lightsaber. Gadon Thek, a swoop gang leader helping the Resistance, and Hierogryph arrived to evacuate them on Thek's swoop bike, but Tey became stuck and used her lightsaber to free herself. Perceiving this as a threat, the Snivvian prematurely detonated preset explosives, and Tey was killed in the destruction of the Tower. (Read more…)
Maw was a Boltrunian male Jedi Shadow who fell to the dark side of the Force and joined Inquisitor Jerec's cadre of Dark Jedi, assisting him in his search for the fabled Valley of the Jedi, which Jerec hoped to use to help rebuild the Galactic Empire. In 5 ABY, in an effort to learn about the location of the Valley, Jerec attempted to capture the Jedi Master Qu Rahn on the planet Dorlo. Maw and fellow Dark Jedi Sariss and Yun were assigned to capture Rahn on the surface of the planet, but failed their mission. Although Rahn escaped from the planet aboard a CR90 corvette, the ship was captured in the tractor beam of Jerec's personal Super Star Destroyer, the Vengeance. Aboard the Vengeance, Jerec ripped the information he needed from Rahn's mind, but immediately afterward, the Jedi stole Yun's lightsaber and attacked Jerec's darksiders. Before Rahn was killed by Jerec, Maw's legs were severed from his body by the Jedi Master.
Maw survived and replaced his legs with a repulsorlift carriage, but eventually mastered the art of Force flight and appropriated the Trispzest form of lightsaber combat. Due to his injury, he also came to be known as the Half-Man. Eventually, Jerec located the Valley of the Jedi on the planet Ruusan, and his forces occupied the planet. However, Jerec was tracked down by an aspiring Jedi, Kyle Katarn, who tried to stop the Dark Jedi. Maw confronted Katarn on a landing pad near the cargo freighter Sulon Star and was defeated. Immobilized and defenseless, he taunted Katarn with remarks of his father's death, trying to goad him into the dark side. Katarn succumbed to his anger and murdered Maw, but was ultimately able to resist his dark thoughts and remained with the light. (Read more…)
The son of Han and Leia Organa Solo, Jacen Solo was a leading Jedi Knight who proved crucial in defeating the Yuuzhan Vong and protecting the galaxy during the Yuuzhan Vong War. The grandson of Darth Vader, Darth Caedus was a Sith Lord who turned against his family and friends, betraying his former principles and leading the Galactic Alliance he once championed into a reign of terror as he attempted to bring order and stability to a fractured galaxy. It was Solo's desire to protect the galaxy and his increasing willingness to accept any cost in that cause that facilitated his fall to the Sith.
Born in 9 ABY, Jacen Solo spent most of his early years as the target of various kidnapping plots and schemes against his famous parents. When he was thirteen, he and his twin sister Jaina began attending the Jedi Praxeum on Yavin 4, where their uncle Luke Skywalker taught them the ways of the Force. There he made several friends, among them the Hapan princess Tenel Ka Djo, to whom he became strongly attracted. While training, he and his friends defeated numerous plots against the New Republic and, in 24 ABY, he and his younger brother Anakin were apprenticed to Skywalker. A philosopher who struggled with the idea of employing violence to fight violence, Solo entered a personal crisis with the outbreak of the Yuuzhan Vong War. He preferred to serve off the front lines, but felt obligated to volunteer for the strike team assembled to eliminate the voxyn queen at Myrkr. There, Anakin Solo was killed and Jacen Solo stepped up to lead the team, killing the queen and ending the voxyn threat before he was captured by the Yuuzhan Vong.
Solo spent nearly a year in captivity, during which he was tortured for weeks at a time. Solo struggled with his circumstances and with the teachings of his captor and mentor, Vergere. He slipped to the dark side before returning and embracing the idea of responding to the universe with unconditional, all-encompassing love. He escaped Yuuzhan Vong custody with Vergere, a former Jedi of the Old Republic, and rejoined the war effort. In the final battle of the war, Solo stormed Supreme Overlord Shimrra Jamaane's Citadel and defeated Onimi, who was mentally controlling the Supreme Overlord, while Solo himself experienced a moment of unity with the Force.
Afterward, he spent five years visiting and learning from various Force-using sects. During his time with the Mind Walkers, he experienced a vision of a dark figure ruling the galaxy and became determined to prevent its fulfillment. He returned to the Jedi during the Dark Nest Crisis and, armed with a more ruthless philosophy of accepting various sacrifices in the name of the greater good, conspired to eliminate the Killiks to prevent another vision of galactic war and protect his infant daughter Allana, secretly conceived with Tenel Ka Djo. In 40 ABY, Solo agreed to become the Sith apprentice of Lumiya after probing the future and finding that, if he did not do so, he would kill Luke Skywalker and the galaxy would be consumed by chaos. He embarked on a year-long descent into the dark side, slowly turning against the Jedi and his family as he grew darker and more extreme. After seizing control of the Galactic Alliance, killing Mara Jade Skywalker, torturing his former apprentice Ben Skywalker, committing multiple atrocities, and ascending to Sith Mastery as Darth Caedus, he was finally killed by his twin sister Jaina. (Read more…)
The Convention of Civilized Systems was a bill of rights that the Galactic Republic ratified by the time of the Clone Wars. It was put into effect to apply better methods of determining a species' sentience, and it additionally granted the rights of sentient Republic citizens to those who were deemed to deserve them. The decree provided various tests to ascertain sentience, and amendments to the act expanded its coverage to species in multiple star systems that appeared incapable of interstellar travel. However, the law in fact increased genocidal crimes against previously undocumented sentient species, as some individuals drove species to extinction and then covered up the massacres so as to avoid prosecution by the Republic.
Besides these illicit speciecides, another example of a failure of the law's enforcement occurred when Chairman Chi Cho of the Pantoran Assembly declared war on the Talz tribe that had colonized the ice world Orto Plutonia, intent on discrediting their claim to Orto Plutonia and restoring that of the planet's moon, Pantora. The fiasco ended when Senator Riyo Chuchi negotiated a peace agreement with the Talz, who were in fact sentient despite Cho's claims that they were not covered by the Convention of Civilized Systems. (Read more…)
Air Marshal Von Asch was a renowned male Human Imperial starfighter tactician and consultant for the TIE/In interceptor project during the Galactic Civil War. Asch trained many of the young pilots that eventually formed the nucleus of the Empire's TIE interceptor force, but the Air Marshal was taken into custody by the fledgling New Republic shortly after the Battle of Endor. General Lando Calrissian later recruited Asch into his new commando unit, Lando's Commandos, for his experience with TIE interceptors when a pirate group consisting of former TIE interceptor pilots began attacking New Republic convoys. During a tense briefing regarding a mission to combat the threat, the Air Marshal was able to extrapolate that the TIE interceptor pirates were most likely based in the Abraxas system by comparing the locales of the attacks with the fuel requirements of the TIE interceptors.
The commandos traveled to the planet Radix located within the system and were soon ambushed by pirate forces when their local pilot, Kine, betrayed them. Lieutenant Harme Kiela, leader of the pirates and one of Asch's former students, admitted that their whole operation was orchestrated to bring Asch over to their side as their new leader. The Air Marshal promptly refused, stating that Kiela and the pirates no longer possessed any honor and had disgraced him by resorting to criminal methods. After the fighting erupted once more, Kine attempted to kill Asch's fellow commando, Isolde Siro, with a lightsaber, but the Air Marshal took the blow instead, saving Siro's life. Asch later recovered from his severe injury and the mission ended as a success when New Republic reinforcements arrived. (Read more…)
The Myneyrshi (singular, Myneyrsh) were a sentient species native to the arboreal planet Wayland located in the Outer Rim Territories of the galaxy. Myneyrshi were tall, thinly built bipedal humanoids; they had four arms, each pair corresponding to a torso one on top of the other, and also had a smooth layer of blue crystalline flesh. A primitive, warlike species, they were constantly at war with another of Wayland's sentient species—the Psadans. A Myneyrsh lived an extremely ritualistic life, with rituals for everyday actions such as walking, eating, and sleeping. Myneyrshi were excellent hunters and trackers, and could move through forested areas without making a sound. Their awareness of their environment was so responsive that Jedi Master Luke Skywalker likened their perception skills to those of a Force-sensitive when he visited the planet in 9 ABY.
During the Galactic Civil War, the Galactic Empire conquered Wayland, turning it into a secret storehouse for the Emperor. After the Emperor was deposed, the mad clone Joruus C'baoth took over a secret Imperial storehouse inside Mount Tantiss, enslaving the Myneyrsh and other species of the planet. They were freed upon C'baoth's death. Decades later, the Myneyrshi were nearly wiped out by the Yuuzhan Vong during the Yuuzhan Vong War, and survivors of the conflict were driven deep into the jungle. The Yuuzhan Vong later released a species of parasitic worms to make the planet uninhabitable, forcing most Myneyrsh to flee their homeworld entirely, though some stayed.
One hundred years later, Wayland was designated as a planet that would be restored using Yuuzhan Vong terraforming technology as part of the Ossus Project. While it showed great success at first, the project was sabotaged, and the planet became inhospitable once again. At the same time, many Myneyrsh were mutated as a result, becoming hulking, gray-skinned beings with jagged protrusions all over their bodies. (Read more…)
CT-27-5555 was a clone trooper who served in the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. Because of his assigned clone number, he was given the nickname "Fives." Around 21 BBY, during the course of the war, Fives was assigned to Domino Squad, a unit of clone cadets. The squad trained within Tipoca City's military complex, under the command of Siniteen Sergeant Bric. When the team was together, Fives and Domino Squad showed problems working with each other. While Bric expressed concern of the squad's inability to work as a team, Domino Squad's members moved past their differences. During their final test—overseen by Bric, Arcona El-Les, Jedi Master Shaak Ti, and Clone Commander Colt—the team successfully passed, which allowed Fives and the others to become clone troopers. After passing their clone cadet tests, Fives received his first assignment. The trooper stood guard at Rishi Station, a listening post located on the moon of Rishi, where he and other rookie clone troopers were stationed.
The rookies troopers—which was comprised of former Domino Squad members—were watched by Sergeant O'Niner. Fives and the group of clones maintained the listening post to warn the Galactic Republic fleet of any attacks on Kamino by the Confederacy of Independent Systems. The troops were present during a surprise Confederate attack on the station, when BX-series droid commandos took over the base and fortified themselves inside. Two clone officers, Commander Cody and Captain Rex, arrive at the base shortly after the attack for a routine inspection. The two met up with Fives and the remaining clone troopers and organized a plan to attack the droids. Upon regaining control of the base with the other clones, Rex ordered the station's destruction to turn off its all-clear beacon and alert a nearby Republic fleet to the imminent Separatist attack. After the base's destruction, a LAAT/i gunship soon arrived and picked up the surviving clone troopers.
On board the Venator-class Star Destroyer Resolute, Fives and trooper Echo were rewarded with medals for their service and were inducted into the 501st Legion. Sometime after the destruction of the Rishi Station, Fives and Echo were reassigned back to Kamino. Along with Cody, Rex, Jedi Generals Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, the two troopers were present when the Confederate General Grievous invaded the planet to destroy Tipoca City's cloning facilities to end the production of clone troopers. During the battle, Fives and Echo organized the city's clone cadets to help defend the city from Grievous and his battle droid reinforcements. The two 501st Legion troopers remained with the clone cadets, as they destroyed battle droids. Eventually, Grievous retreated, ending the battle. For their own efforts, Cody and Rex congratulated Fives and Echo for their bravery, and were given the status of ARC trooper. (Read more…)
This battle took place on the moon of Rishi around 21 BBY during the Clone Wars. The Confederate General Grievous and Dark Acolyte Asajj Ventress planned to attack the Wild Space planet Kamino in order to end the Republic's production of clone troopers based there, but a Republic listening post on the Rishi moon near Kamino prevented their fleet from entering the system undetected. Grievous therefore decided to capture the post before attacking Kamino to avoid alerting the nearby Republic fleet to his invasion. He deployed BX-series droid commandos to the moon in a boarding ship, and the inexperienced Republic troopers at the base failed to spot the approaching Confederate ship within a meteor shower. The battle droids then attacked the clones, taking them by surprise and hot-wiring the base's all-clear signal so that they were unable to send word to the Republic fleet of the attack. While the droids overran the base, clone troopers Echo, Fives, Hevy, and Cutup fled the base through a ventilation shaft. Outside, however, Cutup was killed by a Rishi eel.
Meanwhile, Clone Commander Cody and Clone Captain Rex arrived for a routine inspection of the base. They were ambushed by the droid commandos but managed to escape and soon found the three surviving clone troopers. The clones then tricked the droids into opening the main doors of the listening post and quickly retook the base. When the commando droids stopped responding, Grievous sent a group of battle droids to investigate. Realizing that they couldn't defeat all of the reinforcements, the clones devised a plan to destroy the listening post with liquid Tibanna in order to shut off its hot-wired all-clear signal and warn the Republic fleet of the attack. Before they evacuated the base, however, Rex noticed that the remote detonator wasn't responding, so Hevy stayed behind to address the problem while the other clones escaped the base through a ventilation shaft. The invading battle droids entered the station's command center and opened fire on Hevy, injuring him. Hevy then manually detonated the explosive, instantly killing himself, but destroying the droids and listening post in the process, and cutting off the all-clear signal. Alerted to the attack, the Republic fleet arrived and intercepted Grievous's fleet, forcing the Confederate ships to retreat. Following the Republic victory, Echo and Fives were both inducted into the 501st Legion, and the late Hevy was honored for his bravery and sacrifice. (Read more…)
M'iiyoom Onith, ( ) also known as Nightlily, was a female H'nemthe from the planet H'nemthe. She spent her life on her homeworld until she was selected to travel the galaxy and find a mate from outside of her culture. During her journeys, she ran out of credits and became stranded in the spaceport city of Mos Eisley on Tatooine, where she was courted by the Gotal tax collector Feltipern Trevagg. Trevagg found Onith physically intoxicating and intended to desert her after a single night of passion, but won her affection by telling her that he would marry her. Onith in turn fell madly in love with Trevagg.
After Trevagg showed her some of the sights of Mos Eisley, he brought her to a cantina and ordered her several alcoholic drinks. He slipped a Love-Wallop pill into one of them, hoping to more easily seduce her, and the two then went to the Mos Eisley Inn and consummated their love. As per H'nemthe custom, Onith used her razor-sharp tongue to murder Trevagg immediately after making love, and soon after returned to her homeworld. Notorious for being the first female of her species to attempt mating with a non-H'nemthe, she began speaking publicly about her experience. (Read more…)
Drogen Hosh was a male Human who served the Confederacy of Independent Systems as a commander in the Separatist Droid Army during the waning years of the Galactic Republic. He participated in the Clone Wars and commanded Separatist forces in an attack on the Republic-allied planet Argul, in the Mid Rim. During the battle, Hosh's forces surrounded a mesa on which the world's last Republic-controlled starship docking tower was located, and shot down the one remaining Republic transport on the planet. Hosh watched the aftermath of the crash through a pair of electrobinoculars and noticed a group of Jedi aiding the crash survivors via a stairwell built into the side of the mesa. He developed a plan to use the stairwell as a route to attack the mesa, and launched an assault on the landform when nightfall hit. The following morning, Hosh contacted a group of Jedi Padawans who were leading Republic forces on the mesa, and attempted to broker a ceasefire with them, because he believed that an all-out strike on the position would cost civilian lives. (Read more…)
This Hutt was the short-lived offspring of Jiliac Desilijic Tiron, leader of the Desilijic clan in the years preceding the Battle of Yavin. Born in approximately 2 BBY, the Huttling spent its entire life in Jiliac's Winter Palace on Nal Hutta, usually safe inside its mother's pouch, leaving for only several hours at a time. Jiliac was more concerned with parenting than running the Desilijic criminal empire, to the frustration of Jabba Desilijic Tiure, her nephew and right-hand Hutt.
In 0 BBY, Durga Besadii Tai, the leader of a rival clan, visited the Winter Palace and invoked the Old Law, which compelled Jiliac to accept a one-on-one mortal confrontation with Durga. With her infant still in its pouch, Jiliac fought Durga, but perished, trapping the child underneath her huge bulk. The Huttlet eventually escaped, only to be crushed to death by Jabba, who wanted no challengers to his inherited leadership of the clan. (Read more…)
Volfe Karkko was a learned Anzat Jedi Master who lived more than a thousand years before the Invasion of Naboo. Karkko believed himself to be above the natural predatory instincts of his species; however, after casually tasting the "soup," or essence, of several sentient beings—Jedi included—he rapidly developed an addiction which precipitated his fall to the dark side of the Force. The threat posed by Karkko's increasing bloodlust caused the Jedi High Council to rise up in battle against him, a fight which the Anzat ultimately lost. Rather than eliminating Karkko, the Council placed him in stasis on the prison world of Kiffex. For a millennium he remained incarcerated, left in full mental consciousness by the Council so that he might contemplate the error of his ways. Karkko, however, refused to renounce the dark side, and spent his time in isolation plotting his revenge against those who had imprisoned him. He became something of a legend among his kind over the years; other Anzati were drawn to Kiffex by Karkko's mental summons, and through their worship at the feet of the man whom they regarded as the "Dark Dreamer," his prison was transformed into a place of hallowed ground. Karkko in turn fed on the essence of his visitors who, over time, devolved into beastly semblances of their former selves.
In 30 BBY, Volfe Karkko sensed the arrival on Kiffex of Aayla Secura—an amnesiac Twi'lek Padawan—whom he lured to his prison and tricked into releasing him. Karkko seduced Secura to the dark side and took her as his apprentice, planning to make her his queen upon his escape from Kiffex. He placed his new student in command of his Anzat slaves and sent them to terrorize the populace of Kiffex in an attempt to attract the attention of the Jedi. Several Jedi responded, but only one, Aayla Secura's former Master Quinlan Vos, actually entered Karkko's stronghold to confront him. When the Dark Jedi's enchantment over Secura was broken by Vos, Karkko attempted to seduce Vos to the dark side, to no avail. Karkko then engaged Vos in lightsaber combat and was slain when the Kiffar Jedi Master cleaved him in two. (Read more…)
Lamproids, also known as Florn Lamproids, were a species of sentient carnivores from the Outer Rim planet Florn. The countless dangers of their homeworld had shaped them into consummate predators: they had well-muscled, serpentine coils that could constrict with deadly force, and mouths that could deliver mortal blows from rings of keen fangs. They employed a venomous stinger at the tip of the tail and a milky venom in their saliva. The Lamproid body was segmented and had six short limbs with clawed pincers. A tiny, wet sensory filament curled from between their fangs to detect scent, and light stalks on their heads sensed a range of the spectrum beyond that of most species. Some possessed the ability to communicate feelings telepathically, although this was not believed to be a species-wide trait.
Lamproids descended from intestinal parasites that had evolved into independent, intelligent predators. They were primitive by most species' standards, lacking in both art and culture. However, their brains were excellent at solving puzzles. This made them popular prey for unscrupulous hunters seeking a challenging hunt.
Members of the species spread beyond their homeworld and proved to be aggressive colonizers. They particularly thrived on jungle and forest planets, although they were known even on desert worlds like Tatooine. Although few galactic citizens knew much about the species and even mistook them for non-sentient pests, some Lamproids adapted to galactic technology and society and plied the starlanes as spacers, soldiers, and smugglers. One such Lamproid was Dice Ibegon, agent of the Alliance to Restore the Republic and lover of Lak Sivrak. (Read more…)
In the latter stages of the Old Sith Wars, the Galactic Senate of the Republic approved a bill that banned the Sith religion. The bill was proposed in response to the carnage inflicted by the Sith upon the galaxy during the Jedi Civil War of 3959–3956 BBY. The legislation was approved, and banned not only the religion, but all affiliated organizations and governments, as well as the teachings of the Sith philosophy. It remained in effect from the end of the Jedi Civil War until the New Sith Wars, during which it was used as justification for the Republic's battle against the New Sith Empire and its successor organization, the Brotherhood of Darkness. It was apparently nullified sometime during the Republic Classic era, as by the time of the Clone Wars, the Galactic Constitution held provisions that specifically outlawed persecution based on religious affiliation. (Read more…)
Taurill were small, multi-limbed, furry creatures. They scurried about in a way that reminded many sentient beings of vermin. During most of their history, the galactic community considered the Taurill to be a non-sentient or semi-sentient species. However, the Taurill had a hive mind controlled by the Taurill Overmind that gave them full sentience, although an individual Taurill was really only another set of photoreceptors and manipulative organs for the Overmind. When one Taurill noticed something of interest for the Overmind, nearby Taurill ran to analyze that same object from different perspectives, feeding the Overmind with information.
At some point before 12 ABY, Durga Besadii Tai, a Hutt crime lord, came across the Taurill and made a deal with the Overmind. As a result, Durga began to travel in the company of a swarm of his supposed pet Taurill, and he sometimes used them as spies or saboteurs. At one point, he even used the Taurill to build a superweapon, the Darksaber, but his scheme was a disaster and ended in the death of the Hutt and all of the Taurill involved in the project. (Read more…)
Nat Skywalker was a Human male who served as a Jedi Master during the Sith–Imperial War. Born into a strong Force-sensitive family, Skywalker was a descendant of Anakin and Luke Skywalker, the older brother of Jedi Council member Kol Skywalker, and uncle of Kol's son, Cade. During his time as a Jedi, Skywalker married the Kiffar Droo and adopted her daughter Ahnah; he also adopted a young boy named Skeeto. When the Sith–Imperial War began, Skywalker helped the Jedi Order find a suitable planet, Taivas, to build a Hidden Temple. After leaving the Order, Skywalker adopted the alias "Bantha" Rawk, with his family taking the surname as well. In 130 ABY, after the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Krayt's Sith-Imperials massacred the Jedi on Ossus, Rawk assumed that Cade had perished during the attack. However, Rawk was eventually reunited with his nephew, now a bounty hunter, and helped him build the starship Mynock. During this time, he adopted the Cathar Micah after rescuing him from slavers.
In 137 ABY, during the Second Imperial Civil War, agents of the Black Sun crime syndicate attacked Rawk's home on Iego. Rawk and his family were assisted by Cade and the Mynock's crew in defending their home against the mercenaries. They were eventually joined by the Imperial Knight Azlyn Rae, an old friend of Cade's. The former Jedi Master revealed the Hidden Temple's location to Cade when his nephew expressed a desire to assassinate Darth Krayt. Rawk guided Cade's crew and Rae to Taivas and met with the reconvened Jedi Council as his nephew presented them with his plan to kill the Sith Lord. The Council ultimately refused, and Rawk bid his nephew farewell as Cade left with his crew to assassinate Krayt, going against the Council's wishes. After Cade and his team had apparently killed Krayt, he met Rawk and his family on Droo's homeworld, Kiffex, and asked for their assistance in healing Rae, who had been grievously wounded during the mission. Rawk and Droo were forced to encase Rae in a life-preserving suit that Rawk had built for the Kiffu Guardians. When he discovered that Rae had not wanted them to heal her, Rawk gave Cade and his crew two days to repair the Mynock and leave Kiffex. Rawk later assisted the Galactic Alliance Core Fleet in evacuating the planet Dac, which had been stricken by viral spores at the hands of the Sith. (Read more…)
Asaak Dan was a Togruta male Jedi Master who lived during the Second Imperial Civil War. He was present at the Jedi Order's Hidden Temple when the bounty hunter Cade Skywalker visited it in 137 ABY. Skywalker looked to gain the Jedi Council's help in assassinating Darth Krayt, Dark Lord of the Sith and Emperor of his faction of the Galactic Empire. The Council refused, instead opting to oppose Krayt by allying with the remnants of the Galactic Alliance and the deposed Emperor Roan Fel's forces. Dan, along with Jedi Masters Te Corso, Sayar Dun'La, and Drok, was sent by the Council to meet with Admiral Gar Stazi, the leader of the Galactic Alliance Remnant. After Dan and his fellow Jedi boarded Stazi's flagship, the Alliance, he volunteered to accompany the Imperial Knight Sigel Dare on a mission to retrieve her fellow Imperial Knight Treis Sinde from the world of Dac, which was under siege by the Sith-Imperial forces.
When Dan and Dare located Sinde, the Imperial Knight refused to leave Dac since he was assisting the Mon Calamari Rangers, who were fighting against the Sith-Imperials on Dac. After Dare and Sinde began to duel each other, Dan intervened and managed to break up the fight. He volunteered to take Sinde's place with the Mon Calamari Rangers and bid the two Imperial Knights farewell. Shortly thereafter, the Sith Lord Darth Wyyrlok—who had assumed control of Krayt's Empire—ordered the execution of the Final Protocol. The Sith forces on Dac infected the planet's oceans with viral spores that would eliminate all life on Dac within one week. Dan and the Rangers captured the city Heurkea's docks and aided the Galactic Alliance fleet in their evacuation efforts, managing to rescue twenty percent of Dac's surviving population. The Jedi Master departed the planet on the last shuttle with the Mon Calamari Ranger Captain Tanquar. (Read more…)
Doctor was a modified T-series tactical droid commissioned by Magistrate Passel Argente to serve the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars. A derisive and condescending unit, Doctor worked from a base on Moorja, where he devised Project Instinction—a Confederate initiative to render the agriworld of Ukio useless to the Galactic Republic. Gathering the photosensitive electro-magnetic Moorjan soil, Doctor planned to have the substance dispersed across Ukio's renowned planetary shield, causing a perpetual blackout and preventing the growth of crops. The droid predicted that the Ukians would drop their shield to disperse the cloud, which would allow him to land units on the planet's surface. Then, devices would be installed that would broadcast signals to living beings on the planet, driving them insane and forcing them to destroy the vital crops.
When he was satisfied that there was no chance of failure, Doctor put his plan into effect. Storing the soil on modified seismic tanks, he took a Lucrehulk-class battleship to Ukio, and launched Project Instinction. He was met by limited Republic resistance in space, but the Ukians predictably lowered the planetary shield, allowing Doctor to move into the second phase of the Project with a minimum of fuss. However, while the inhabitants of Ukio were being driven insane by Doctor's devices, the Confederacy suffered a setback when their positions were overrun by the Jedi Padawan Tyzen Xebec. The Padawan eventually destroyed Doctor's devices, and although the tactical droid was able to corner the young Jedi, he was in turn destroyed by Jedi General Keelyvine Reus. (Read more…)
Ranik Solusar was a male Human Jedi Master who served the Jedi Order and the Galactic Republic up to and during the Clone Wars. He married, and fathered a son, Kam, against the wishes of the Jedi Council, and was disciplined for his actions. In 22 BBY, he served on a strike team led by Master Mace Windu during the opening confrontation of the Clone Wars, the Battle of Geonosis. There, Solusar flew alongside several other Jedi in their starfighters, and helped prevent the Confederate ally Cavik Toth from deploying the deadly bio-agent trihexalon on the surface of Geonosis.
Solusar was later faced with Order 66—an edict that ordered the clone troopers serving the Jedi during the Clone Wars to murder the Jedi. Solusar evaded calamity, and was wanted by the emergent Galactic Empire in the days following the Declaration of a New Order. Solusar's name was on a list compiled by Imperial Intelligence, and he was to be reported to the authorities if he was spotted by a civilian. Solusar was later hunted down by Emperor Palpatine's enforcer, the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader. The Dark Lord struck down Solusar, and Kam was later forced to serve the Empire. In time, however, Solusar's son became a founding member of a New Jedi Order. (Read more…)
Pzob was a planet in the Herios sector of the Outer Rim Territories, settled by Gamorreans from the world of Gamorr a long period of time prior to the Battle of Yavin. The settlers, organized into various clans, constantly waged war on each other. All other concerns were secondary to the fighting, and as a result Pzob's inhabitants had a nearly non-existent relationship with advanced technology. The planet was covered in dark, dense forests with tall trees, an environment that greatly appealed to the colonists. Pzob's remote location, combined with the relative primitiveness of its inhabitants, led to it being considered a backwater world. However, this also contributed to the planet going untouched by all major galactic conflicts.
The Galactic Empire established a secret military base on Pzob in 18 BBY, intending to use the troops stationed there to man the Eye of Palpatine, an enormous warship. However, the ship was sabotaged by Jedi, and the stormtroopers on Pzob were left to their own devices. Nearly all of them were eventually killed in either internal fighting, or in Gamorrean attacks. When the Eye of Palpatine was re-activated in 12 ABY, several of the Gamorrean colonists—along with the sole surviving Imperial soldier—were captured by the ship's automated security systems. (Read more…)
Arwen Cohl was a Mirialan mercenary from the planet Mirial. He became a hero among his people after leading them to victory in a conflict against a nearby planet, but was betrayed by leaders on his own side. He was imprisoned for many years, and when he escaped, he emerged a greatly hardened man. After gaining revenge on those who had betrayed him, Cohl became a pirate and gained a band of followers, including his lover Rella and the Rodian, Boiny. In 33 BBY, he took a job from the terrorist organization known as the Nebula Front. He successfully infiltrated a Trade Federation freighter, stole a cache of valuable aurodium ingots, and escaped.
Though Cohl planned to retire with Rella after this, he found himself unable to walk away from the mercenary life, and accepted another mission from the Nebula Front. On the orders of Havac, the organization's leader, he began recruiting skilled assassins for a planned strike at Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum during the Eriadu Trade Summit. Havac wished to use the assassins as death fodder to distract the Jedi present on Eriadu while Havac launched his own plan. Fiercely loyal to his men, Cohl refused to participate in such an action, resulting in a firefight between him and Havac that left Rella dead and Cohl and Boiny wounded. Cohl swore revenge on Havac, and during the Trade Summit, the two engaged in a skirmish. Both died in the fight. (Read more…)
Eelysa was a female Human Jedi Master within Luke Skywalker's New Jedi Order. Born on the planet Coruscant after Emperor Palpatine's death at Endor, she was discovered to be strong in the Force and came to the Jedi Praxeum on Yavin 4 at a young age. She was trained by Master Skywalker and eventually achieved the rank of Jedi Knight under his tutelage. As a Jedi, she was assigned long-term intelligence missions to various corners of the galaxy, gathering information for the Jedi and working to help the New Republic. After many years in this role, Eelysa took an apprentice in the Barabel Saba Sebatyne, training her on her home planet of Barab I.
During the Yuuzhan Vong War, Eelysa worked alongside Saba Sebatyne with the Wild Knights, a group of Jedi Knights that all had ties to Eelysa and her Barabel apprentice. In this capacity, Eelysa worked undercover on the planet Corellia, and she played an integral part in rooting out Yuuzhan Vong collaborators, such as CorDuro, who had allied themselves with the invaders. As the war waged on, Eelysa came into conflict with Yuuzhan Vong Warriors, sustaining injuries that nearly killed her. Despite bouncing back from the near-fatal assault, she was killed in action on Corellia, a victim of the voxyn, genetically engineered creatures designed by the Yuuzhan Vong to hunt Jedi. Eelysa's death was felt by her apprentice, who informed Master Skywalker of the Jedi Master's death. (Read more…)
CT-21-0408, nicknamed "Echo," as he was known for "echoing" the standard rules and procedures established for clones, was a clone trooper who served in the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. During the war, around 21 BBY, Echo was part of Domino Squad, a unit of clone cadets. The squad trained within Tipoca City's military complex, under their trainer Siniteen Sergeant Bric. At first, Echo and Domino Squad showed problems working with each other. While Bric expressed concern of the squad's inability to work as a team, Domino Squad's members moved past their differences. During their final test—overseen by Bric, Arcona El-Les, Jedi Master Shaak Ti, and Clone Commander Colt—the team successfully passed, which allowed Echo and the others to become clone troopers. Echo stood guard at Rishi Station, a listening post located on the moon of Rishi, where he and other rookie clone troopers were stationed.
Under the command of Sergeant O'Niner, the group of clones maintained the listening post to warn the Galactic Republic fleet of any attacks on Kamino by the Confederacy of Independent Systems. The troops were present during a surprise Confederate attack on the station, when BX-series droid commandos took over the base and fortified themselves inside. Two clone officers, Commander Cody and Captain Rex, arrive at the base shortly after the attack for a routine inspection. The two met up with Echo and the remaining clone troopers and organized a plan to attack the droids. Upon regaining control of the base with the other clones, Rex ordered the station's destruction to turn of its all-clear beacon and alert a nearby Republic fleet to the imminent Separatist attack. After the base's destruction, a LAAT/i gunship soon arrived and picked up the surviving clone troopers.
On board the Venator-class Star Destroyer Resolute, Echo and fellow trooper Fives were rewarded with medals for their service and were inducted into the 501st Legion. Sometime after the destruction of the Rishi Station, Echo and Fives were reassigned back to Kamino. Along with Cody, Rex, Jedi Generals Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, the two troopers were presented when the Confederate General Grievous invaded the planet to destroy Tipoca City's cloning facilities to end the production of clone troopers. Echo and Fives organized the city's clone cadets to help defend the city from Grievous and his battle droid reinforcements. During the battle, the two 501st Legion troopers remained with the clone cadets, as they destroyed battle droids. Eventually, Grievous retreated, ending the battle. For their own efforts, Cody and Rex congratulated Echo and Fives for their bravery. They also received the status of ARC trooper. (Read more…)
Tav Kennede was the son of Ved Kennede, the head training instructor for the Emperor's Royal Guard. In 11 ABY, Kennede's father, along with many other Royal Guardsmen, was killed on Yinchorr by stormtroopers under the command of Carnor Jax, a rogue Guardsman who participated in a conspiracy against the late Emperor Palpatine. Tav Kennede was informed of Jax's actions by Kir Kanos, the only survivor of the massacre, and allied himself with the Guardsman to avenge his father's death. After a brief meeting on Baramorra, Kennede and Kanos decided to employ themselves as bounty hunters to the Hutt crime lord Grappa, intending to build up the reputations of their false identities to a point where they could successfully infiltrate the Imperial Interim Ruling Council, Jax's co-conspirators.
While at Grappa's palace on Genon, Kanos assigned Kennede to spy on Mirith Sinn, a New Republic commander who also employed herself to Grappa and claimed to be hunting Kanos over the recent death of a friend. Over the course of his surveillance, Kennede came to the conclusion that Sinn had ulterior motives and was using her faux vendetta against Kanos as a cover. After Grappa discovered Sinn's true intentions to spy on the Hutt and gave her over to his Zanibar allies, Kennede and Kanos were forced to rescue the woman from Xo, the Zanibar homeworld, but Kanos allowed himself to remain behind on the planet to ensure Sinn's escape.
Upon learning from Sinn about evidence of a Black Sun conspiracy to replace the Ruling Council with clones, Kennede joined the woman in leading a New Republic strike on Black Sun's main cloning facilities, and the pair later freed Kanos after the Zanibar returned him to Grappa. Kennede, Kanos, and Sinn subsequently traveled to Ord Cantrell, headquarters of the Ruling Council, and allied themselves with Imperial shipping magnate Baron Ragez D'Asta in a confrontation with Xandel Carivus, a former Councilman who had disbanded the Ruling Council and declared himself the new Emperor. Kanos was able to kill Carivus, avenging the death of the late Ved Kennede. Tav Kennede decided to join the forces of Baron D'Asta, who had recently withdrawn the sector he ruled from the Empire. (Read more…)
Belo Tusus was the ruler of Orto in the late stages of the Clone Wars. Originally the neutral Ortolan government's Financial Minister, Tusus aligned himself with the Confederacy of Independent Systems, which was embroiled in the Clone Wars against the Galactic Republic at the time. Tusus conspired to overthrow the government, and did so, installing himself at the head of his new government and pushing Orto into the pan-galactic conflict. Consolidating his power in the capital city, Tusus ruled from a palace, and locked down his planet's spaceports as Orto underwent Confederate occupation. His populace could do little but cower as battle droids swept through the capital.
Tusus's reign was soon disrupted in 19 BBY by a series of sabotages and attacks. He grew paranoid as the undermining of his government's movements continued, and he began to suspect his own staff, and his Confederate allies. He soon lost trust in the Confederacy, as Jedi Knight Nem Bees, working undercover to investigate Tusus, had collaborated in secret with Tusus's own Twi'lek servant to sabotage the new government. The Jedi Knight subsequently managed to call in the forces of the Galactic Republic, and move against Tusus's rule. Betrayed and fearing for his own life, Tusus chose to flee Orto, forcing Bees and the Republic to fight a protracted campaign in the last days of the Clone Wars. (Read more…)
Noab Hulis was a male Miraluka Jedi who served the Order in the years leading up to the Great Sith War. He sired three daughters, each of whom would go on to serve the Jedi Order themselves. Hearing of the Jedi Chamma, who had become a Dark Jedi and gone into self-imposed exile for over a century after having felt that the Force had betrayed him, Hulis set about attempting to bring Chamma back to both the light side of the Force and the Jedi Order. Seeking out the former Jedi on H'ratth, the Miraluka at first found it exceedingly difficult to get through to Chamma. Eventually Hulis was able to relay Chamma's own story to him, evoking century-old memories. Hulis remonstrated that Chamma had not been betrayed by the Force, but rather that he had betrayed it, and so the former Jedi returned to the Order, going on to become a significant Jedi Master himself.
Hulis also made connections with wealthy members of the galactic nobility, such as Barrison Draay and Alok Adasca. Draay in particular was of interest to Hulis, as he was a Force-sensitive. The Miralukan paved the way for Draay's rapid progression through the Jedi ranks, as he was trained by Jedi Master Arca Jeth on Arkania. Draay also grew close to one of Hulis's daughters, Krynda, who had been trained by Master Vodo-Siosk Baas. Hulis went on to see both Draay and Krynda knighted on Arkania by Master Jeth—the two would later marry, and Krynda gave birth to Hulis's grandchild, Lucien. The Great Sith War, however, would take its toll on the family, as both the lives of Draay and one of Hulis's daughters were claimed in the conflict. (Read more…)
Tilotny was one of the non-corporeal spirits that inhabited a region near the Bedlam Pulsar and the first of her kind to take on a shape as they experimented with time and space. During the Galactic Civil War, Tilotny and three other spirits met Princess Leia Organa, who was forced to land on a nearby planet while running from three Imperial stormtroopers. Believing that she had invented form, Tilotny claimed she had created the beings, and decided to play with them, inadvertently killing them in the process. After tiring of her playthings, she left, leaving her fellow spirit Splendid Ap to clean up the mess. Splendid Ap revived Organa and the stormtroopers but accidentally transported the latter 8,000 years into the past. (Read more…)
The Decimator was a war machine developed by the Galactic Republic at the start of the Clone Wars. Equipped with shields and a long-range turbolaser that could target air and ground vehicles, the Decimator could engage and defeat crafts as large as the All Terrain Tactical Enforcer. They were also able to ferry infantry around the battlefield, protecting them within the confines of the Decimator, though the vehicle itself was slow.
Developed at a secret testing facility located on Eredenn Prime and constructed at Alaris Prime by Wookiees, the Decimator was considered one of the most powerful combat vehicles of its era. However, before the Republic could use them, the Decimators were stolen by the Confederate General Sev'rance Tann. Tann used them to capture the energy-producing world Sarapin, striking fear into the inhabitants of the Core Worlds due to the ensuing blackouts. Her campaign provoked the Republic to send Jedi Master Echuu Shen-Jon to hunt down Tann and her Decimators. Shen-Jon ultimately succeeded at the Battle of Krant, and the Decimators saw no further action in the Clone Wars. (Read more…)
Tyro Caladian was a male Svivreni lawyer and bureaucrat working as a Senatorial aide during the last years of the Galactic Republic. He was cousin to Curran Caladian, also a Senatorial aide. A firm believer in democracy and an expert in many of the rules of the Senate, Caladian had a reputation that attracted the attention of Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, who needed such expert assistance in his activities, and asked for Caladian's collaboration.
Tyro Caladian repeatedly helped Kenobi in his endeavors, providing him with information, support, and specialized help against the likes of corrupt Senator Sano Sauro of the planet Eeropha, criminal Granta Omega and fugitive Jenna Zan Arbor who was hiding on Romin. All of those people were enemies of the Jedi Order. During that time, Caladian and Kenobi became personal friends, and the regular contact with the Jedi also gained Caladian the esteem of other Jedi such as Siri Tachi and Ferus Olin. While reluctant to break the law for his friends, Caladian agreed to do so on occasion. At the same time, Caladian's steps attracted the attention of Sauro, who actively blocked some of Caladian's movements—rendering Caladian's help to the Jedi useless—and openly considered the Svivreni a personal enemy. While investigating on behalf of Kenobi, Caladian discovered a conspiracy involving the highest echelons of the government of the Republic. Before he could report the details, Caladian was assassinated. (Read more…)
The Agents of Chaos Duology is a pair of novels written by James Luceno—Hero's Trial and Jedi Eclipse. Both installments were published in 2000, respectively as the fourth and fifth entries in the nineteen-book series The New Jedi Order. Luceno was originally hired as a consultant and continuity advisor for the series, but was eventually contracted to write a single novel called Agents of Chaos. When the preceding Dark Tide Trilogy by Michael A. Stackpole was reduced to a duology, Agents of Chaos was expanded into two books.
The duology covers the events of the latter half of the first year of the Yuuzhan Vong War, an invasion of the galaxy by an extra-galactic species of religious zealots known as the Yuuzhan Vong. As the former Princess Leia Organa Solo works to relocate refugees displaced by the war across a dangerous galaxy, the New Republic battles back against the bloodthirsty invaders. Members of the Yuuzhan Vong Priest caste plot to destroy Luke Skywalker's Jedi Order, and the pilot Han Solo, stricken with grief following the death of his long-time friend and co-pilot Chewbacca, travels across the galaxy to help both old and new friends in their times of need, hoping to find a way to come to terms with his loss.
Luceno wrote the duology as a tribute to his late friend Brian Daley, who had penned a series of Han Solo-centric novels over twenty years prior. Although reception to Agents of Chaos was mixed, several characters and other elements introduced in the duology continued to appear and play important roles throughout the remainder of The New Jedi Order. Luceno has since gone on to write five additional Star Wars novels, including the NJO's finale, 2003's The Unifying Force. (Read more…)
In 3998 BBY, the Museum of Dark Side Antiquities on Coruscant organized a presentation for display to the public entitled The Dark Lords of the Sith. Located within the Museum's Sith Hall, the exhibit was dedicated exclusively to the history of the ancient Sith Empire and its rulers, the Dark Lords of the eponymous Sith species.
In the same year of its inception, The Dark Lords of the Sith exhibit was patronized by Aleema and Satal Keto, two socialite cousins native to the Empress Teta system. Despite the insignificance of the exhibit's artifacts as purported by the museum curator, the Ketos' interest in dark side–oriented objects led them to steal an ancient Sith spellbook from a display. With the knowledge they gained from its contents, Aleema and Satal became influential in the resurgence of the actual Dark Lords of the Sith, for whom the museum exhibit was named. (Read more…)
Rivoche Tarkin was the daughter of Brigadier Gideon Tarkin and the niece of Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin. After her father's death, she lived with her uncle, during which time she came to question the Tarkin family's adherence to the Galactic Empire. She passed privileged information regarding an Imperial attack to Biggs Darklighter, a young Imperial cadet who had become a member of the Rebellion. This information saved a number of Duros insurgents, and led to her becoming a deep-cover agent for Alliance Intelligence. She was quite successful in this role, as her connections, wealth, and status led her to be in demand for important social events and to be courted by a number of high-ranking Imperials.
The Empire uncovered evidence of her duplicity, prompting Rebel General Airen Cracken to send two operatives, Cryle Cavv and Quillin Arkell, to extract her just prior to her sham wedding to the son of an Imperial Moff. The extraction was successful, despite the efforts of Sollaine, the head of the Imperial Security Bureau, who was personally responsible for capturing her alive. Tarkin became a reporter for New Republic Intelligence. She was present aboard the Star Destroyer Liberator when it crash-landed on Coruscant, where she reported on the devastation the Imperial Civil War had caused on the former center of galactic government. She eventually married historian Voren Na'al, with whom she had several children. (Read more…)
Jon Antilles was the name—though many believed it was an alias—of a male Human Jedi Master who lived during the outbreak of the Clone Wars, the conflict between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Trained by the Jedi Master known as the Dark Woman, who was known for her unusual and often harsh training methods, Antilles followed in his Master's path and roamed the galaxy, letting the Force be his guide. Considered as a legend among his fellow Jedi, one of Antilles's many accomplishments was infiltrating the Bounty Hunters' Guild and bringing known murderers to justice. Because of his nomadic nature and tendency to go on long periods of time without reporting back to the Jedi Temple, Antilles was thought to be dead many times over.
Four months after the Battle of Geonosis, Antilles went to the planet Queyta where a Separatist base was located. Along with four Jedi Masters—Knol Ven'nari, Nico Diath, Fay and Obi-Wan Kenobi—Antilles was tasked with acquiring the antidote for swamp gas, a chemical weapon that the Separatists planned to use against the clone troopers of the Grand Army of the Republic. Unbeknownst to the Jedi, the base was actually a trap laid out by Separatist Commander Asajj Ventress and the Gen'Dai bounty hunter Durge. Antilles confronted Durge, allowing Kenobi and Fay to pursue Ventress and retrieve the antidote from her. Proving to be stronger, Durge killed Antilles by grabbing the Jedi and physically submerging him into one of the many lava streams that flowed through the base. Among those on the Jedi strike team, Kenobi was the only one who survived the mission. He managed to return to the Jedi Temple with the antidote, and after he was treated for his wounds, a funeral was held for the deceased Masters. (Read more…)
February 9, 2011 – X2Edit
X2 was a Force-sensitive clone trooper secretly created by the Kaminoans prior to the outbreak of the Clone Wars. Cloned from the DNA sample of the Jedi Knight Falon Grey, X2 participated in the war, fighting for the Galactic Republic alongside his brother X1, created from the same genetic sample. The two fought in many battles of the Clone Wars, earning the reputation of valuable and skilled soldiers. During the final days of the war, X2 participated in the battle at Cato Neimoidia, where he was ordered to kill his commander, Jedi Master Ferroda, when Order 66 was issued by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. X2 complied, killed Ferroda, and entered the ranks of the stormtroopers, serving the newly formed Galactic Empire; however, he, unlike X1, was uncertain about this choice. After months of service to the New Order, X2's doubts intensified greatly during an attack to kill a fugitive Jedi taking shelter among simple villagers on the planet Dantooine. After learning that X1 was planning to kill innocent people who were hiding the Jedi, X2 defected from the Empire.
Siding with the Jedi—who turned out to be his "father," Falon Grey—he tried to help the civilians get off-planet, but X1 caught up with them and killed everyone except X2, who survived only because Grey managed to Force-heal him before dying himself. X2 spent the following fifteen years on Dantooine working as a simple farmer until he was discovered by Grey's former Master, Rahm Kota, and was recruited by him into the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Soon after becoming a member of the Rebellion, X2 rescued a captured group of Rebels on the planet Geonosis, and they pledged their allegiance to him. On Kota's advice, X2 assembled the men into a military unit, christening it Grey Squadron in honor of Falon Grey. X2 and his men proved to be a valuable asset to the Rebellion, participating in many engagements throughout the Galactic Civil War, including the crucial Battles of Yavin, Hoth—during which X2 faced off against X1, who was still serving the Empire—and Endor. During this time, X2 also began to explore his Force-sensitivity, guided by Rebel Jedi Luke Skywalker.
After the Battle of Endor and the death of Emperor Palpatine, X2 was elevated to the rank of Jedi Knight by Skywalker and was given a lightsaber by him. Knowing that X1 was still roaming the galaxy, trying to rebuild the Empire—which had become fragmented in the aftermath of Palpatine's death—X2 vowed to find and stop him. Eventually, X2 tracked his brother down to the planet Mustafar, where the latter clone, having captured Skywalker, planned to create an army of Force-sensitive clones from Skywalker's DNA. X2 faced off against X1 and defeated him in a lightsaber duel, though he refused to kill him. In response, X1 tried to kill X2 with his lightsaber by manipulating it with the Force, but X2 quickly reacted and jumped out of the way of the lightsaber, leaving X1 to be stabbed by his own weapon and to fall into the fiery lava below. After the battle, the rescued Skywalker promoted X2 to Jedi Master. (Read more…)
Around 4 ABY, the Director of Imperial Intelligence Ysanne Isard, using a Spaarti cloning cylinder from the late Emperor Palpatine's storage, grew a clone of herself on her Executor-class Star Dreadnought Lusankya, which was hidden beneath the surface of the galactic capital of Coruscant. Isard constantly updated the memories of the clone, who was kept in a state of suspended animation, to ensure she would believe herself to be the real Isard upon awakening. After the New Republic conquered Coruscant with the help of the elite starfighter unit Rogue Squadron, Isard retreated to the planet Thyferra, establishing a regime there.
During the Bacta War against Rogue Squadron in 7 ABY, Isard activated her clone and sent her out on a mission to scatter the prisoners of the Lusankya, whom Rogue Squadron sought to rescue. Isard planned to kill the clone when she returned; however, before she was able do so, Isard was overthrown and went into hiding, and the clone was subsequently left alone in the galaxy. Two years later, the clone joined with Prince-Admiral Delak Krennel in the Ciutric Hegemony, giving him political advice during his fight against the Republic and devising a complicated plan to destroy Rogue Squadron. By planting a series of clues to the supposed location of the prisoners, she lured the squadron to Distna, a hollow moon in the Corvis Minor system, where a large force of starfighters provided by Krennel ambushed them. Unknown to the clone, the real Isard had been helping her to lure Rogue Squadron into the trap all the way, only to rescue them in the end. By doing so, she had earned their trust and employed her former enemies against the clone herself.
Posing as the TIE Defender–comprised Requiem Squadron, the Rogues infiltrated Ciutric IV, the capital of the Hegemony and launched an attack to rescue the prisoners, while the New Republic fleet battled Krennel's forces above the planet. The clone forced Colonel Lorrir to pilot a shuttle and attempt to destroy the prison facility where the prisoners were being held, while she hid inside a training center and rerouted her comm system to Lorrir's shuttle in order to appear as though she was aboard the shuttle herself. The attack failed, and Rogue Leader Wedge Antilles saw through her deception when he recognized Lorrir's piloting style. Antilles's men shot down Lorrir, and Antilles himself fired a pair of concussion missiles at the training center, killing the clone. (Read more…)
Vulpter was the third planet of the Vulpter system in the Deep Core, and the homeworld of the sentient Vulptereen species. Originally an unspoiled world with a wide array of flora and fauna, Vulpter was transformed over the millennia into a massively polluted globe covered in waste and factories. This meant that the planet was unable to sustain itself in terms of agriculture, and was thus entirely reliant on importing foodstuffs from other worlds. Vulpter was a noted producer of starships, and was home to one of the galaxy's largest podracer factories. Several corporations, such as Viper Sensor Intelligence Systems and Arakyd Industries, operated facilities on the planet.
Vulpter became part of the galactic community at large between 20,000 and 15,000 BBY. The Vulptereens were among the founding members of the Trade Federation, an allegiance that proved catastrophic for Vulpter's ecosystem. When the Federation seized control of the planet, the organization essentially turned the already-polluted world into an enormous junkyard. Following the establishment of the Galactic Empire, Vulpter was blockaded and cut off from all interplanetary trade, leading to widespread famine on the planet. It was not until the establishment of the New Republic that Vulpter rejoined the galaxy. During the Second Galactic Civil War, Vulpter was the site of a meeting between the heads of the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances and the Confederation, where Jedi Ben Skywalker assassinated the Confederate leader. (Read more…)
Nico Diath was a Human male Jedi Master who lived during the final decades of the Galactic Republic. Diath was descended from the ancient Jedi Master Sidrona Diath, and took his nephew Tae as his Padawan, helping him to control his telepathy. As a Jedi, Diath roamed the Outer Rim and emancipated more than one thousand slaves. He rarely visited the Jedi Temple on Coruscant but was regarded as a legend of the Jedi Order. Four months after the initiation of the Clone Wars, Diath was assigned as the leader of a team, comprised of fellow Jedi Masters Jon Antilles, Knol Ven'nari, Fay, and Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, on a mission to the planet Queyta.
Diath and the team were assigned to infiltrate a mobile Separatist facility that rode on one of Queyta's lava streams, and acquire the antidote for swamp gas, a chemical weapon the Separatists planned to use against the Grand Army of the Republic. After Diath's group infiltrated the base, they confronted Separatist agents Asajj Ventress and Durge. Durge shot two Skakoan sentries, which caused them to explode, and the ceiling of the facility to begin collapsing. Some lava fell on Diath as he stood on a catwalk, and he fell to his death in the lava stream. Kenobi recovered the antidote and returned to the Jedi Temple as the only survivor of the mission. A holographic memorial was held at the Jedi Temple in honor of Diath and the other fallen Masters. (Read more…)
The Second Battle of Geonosis took place in 21 BBY during the Clone Wars, when the Jedi Order and the Galactic Republic launched a full-scale planetary invasion of Geonosis to shut down several Separatist battle droid foundries that Archduke Poggle the Lesser had built there. Following Senator Padmé Amidala's discovery of the droid factories, the Jedi High Council dispatched a massive Jedi-led detachment of the Grand Army of the Republic to retake Geonosis and halt the facilities' production of battle droids. Tasked with the challenge of landing on the planet and establishing a staging area, the Jedi mounted a three-pronged attack on the Geonosian defenses in what became known as the battle of Point Rain, with Jedi Generals Ki-Adi-Mundi, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Anakin Skywalker each leading an assault force. After establishing a landing zone at Point Rain, a site close to the factories' Ray Shield Fortress generator, the Republic army regrouped and disabled the factories' ray shield, making way for the rest of the clone trooper forces to safely land.
While Poggle attempted to retake Point Rain and his Ray Shield Fortress, his main droid foundry was targeted by the Jedi. In order to eliminate the factory, Generals Skywalker and Luminara Unduli battled the facility's droid defenses in open warfare while their respective Padawans, Ahsoka Tano and Barriss Offee, sneaked into the facility via the catacombs beneath it. As their Masters battled Poggle's army—including several newly designed super tanks—on the bridge leading to the factory, the Padawans' infiltration of the foundry was cut short when they were intercepted by Poggle and his tactical droid, TX-21. With their explosive charges stolen, Tano and Offee used a super tank to blow up the facility's reactor and collapse the factory from the inside. Skywalker and Unduli rescued their Padawans from the debris once the foundry had fallen. Despite the Republic's destruction of other key factories, Poggle remained at large, having escaped his primary foundry before its eradication.
As the Jedi undertook the cleanup of Geonosis, they launched a campaign to find and apprehend Poggle. Unduli spearheaded the search and followed Poggle to the abandoned Progate Temple, where she was captured by the Archduke and taken to the lair of Geonosian Queen Karina the Great in the catacombs below. Tracking Unduli's last known location, Kenobi and Skywalker set out with a clone platoon to rescue her. Battling hordes of "undead" Geonosian warriors who were being reanimated by the Queen's brain worm parasites, the Jedi and their troops found Unduli in Karina's lair. Although Karina wished to induct Unduli and her comrades into her ranks of mind-controlled warriors, Kenobi, Skywalker, and their men were able to save Unduli and take Poggle into custody. The Jedi and their troops destroyed much of the Queen's lair during their escape, killing Karina the Great and burying her warriors beneath the temple, and the Republic's recapture of Geonosis was secured. (Read more…)
Into the Great Unknown is a ten-page non-canon comic story that was written by W. Haden Blackman. It was published in the comic book Star Wars Tales 19, which was released on May 14, 2004. The story is notable for being the first officially-licensed work to include both Han Solo and Indiana Jones, two characters portrayed on film by Harrison Ford in the 1970s and 1980s. The idea to write a story featuring the two was floated by staff at Dark Horse Comics, who then asked Blackman to write it.
Within the comic's pages, Solo and his co-pilot Chewbacca flee blindly into hyperspace from an Imperial fleet and end up crashing onto an unfamiliar planet. Solo is attacked and killed by a primitive group of Humans, and 126 years later, his skeleton is discovered by Indiana Jones. Blackman intentionally inserted references to both film franchises into the story, hoping to appeal to a wide range of fans. (Read more…)
The Battle of Alderaan was a major conflict between the Galactic Republic and the reconstituted Sith Empire that occurred at the height of the Great Galactic War. The peaceful and verdant Core World of Alderaan was a Republic member world, and widely viewed as an embodiment of the ideals and principals upon which the Republic was founded. It was that reputation that made it a military target for the Sith Empire. As the Great Galactic War dragged on elsewhere in the galaxy, the Sith formulated a plan to crush Republic morale by invading Alderaan and shattering its serenity. The incursion was led by the Sith Lord Darth Malgus, who planned for it to coincide with a diversionary feint that would pull the ships of the Republic Navy far from Alderaan. As the planet sat undefended by the Republic fleet, it was beset by a massive Sith invasion force that quickly obliterated local defense forces and took the Royal House of Alderaan (Great Galactic War)|royal family of Alderaan hostage.
Unknown to the Sith forces, the Republic had stationed groups of Republic troopers across the planet prior to the invasion. These troopers took to the mountains and forests of Alderaan during the Sith attack and proceeded to wage a guerrilla war against the enemy. As Darth Malgus led his forces in a march toward the planet's capital city, he was ambushed by the troopers of Republic Special Forces' Havoc Squad. Much of the squad was killed during the battle, but with the timely arrival of a Jedi to aid the men of Havoc Squad, Malgus and his Sith forces were routed. Following the skirmish outside the city, the Republic fleet returned from the diversionary feint to drive the Empire off of Alderaan. The battle was a major victory for the Republic, but had grave consequences for the future of Alderaan. Although historically a voice for peace, the Alderaanian government became a vocal proponent of harsh military actions against the Empire in the aftermath of the battle. This new stance came into conflict with the peace established by the Treaty of Coruscant in 3653 BBY, which ultimately led to a bloody planetary civil war. (Read more…)
Novar was an Onderonian politician and Sith initiate in the years leading up to the Great Sith War. Born into one of the wealthiest families in the Onderonian capital city of Iziz, Novar quickly became a high-ranking member of the Onderonian government after graduating from Ov Taraba university. He mastered the tactics of Onderonian ministers, and eventually formulated a scheme to eliminate his superior, Tolo Kad. Novar framed Kad for failing to plan a dinner party that the Onderonian monarchs, King Ommin and Queen Amanoa, were to attend. His plan went off perfectly, prompting an enraged Ommin to destroy Tolo Kad with the dark side of the Force. Ommin's display of power fascinated the Force-sensitive Novar, who manipulated the King into training him to harness dark side, and Novar eventually became a minor Sith wizard. When Ommin and Amanoa formed a Sith cult worshiping the deceased Dark Lord of the Sith Freedon Nadd, Novar was given a high position in the cult's hierarchy.
In 4000 BBY, a group of three Jedi Knights, consisting of brothers Ulic and Cay Qel-Droma, and Twi'lek Tott Doneeta, arrived on Onderon on a mission to broker peace in the long-running Beast Wars between Iziz and the Beast riding outcasts. Novar welcomed the Jedi, bringing them before Queen Amanoa in the Iziz Royal Palace. However, a group of Beast Riders attacked the palace and absconded with Princess Galia. The Jedi were sent to retrieve her, but returned at the helm of a Beast Rider army, as they had discovered the presence of the dark side in the Onderonian monarchy. Novar fought in the ensuing battle, even shooting off one of Cay Qel-Droma's arms with his blaster. Nevertheless, the Beast Riders were victorious, and although Amanoa was killed in the battle, Novar was able to escape. He eventually returned into the service of King Ommin. In 3998 BBY, Novar and Ommin were visited by Satal and Aleema Keto, heirs to the throne of the Empress Teta system. The Ketos brought with them a Sith spellbook, which Ommin gave to Novar for translation. Soon afterward Ommin's subterranean lair was attacked by a team of Jedi, and Novar was killed in the skirmish. (Read more…)
Peppi Bow was a female Gungan shaak herder living on Naboo during the final years of the Old Republic. Shortly after the beginning of the Clone Wars, the Gungan's herd became skittish when near Naboo's eastern swamps, in much the same way they had during the Trade Federation's Invasion of Naboo eleven years prior. Bow, concerned that the planet may be facing another invasion, contacted the leader of the Gungans, Boss Rugor Nass, who brought her before the Naboo Royal Advisory Council. Bow explained to the Naboo Queen Neeyutnee that she feared battle droids had returned to Naboo—fears that were dismissed by much of the council. She was later vindicated when a patrol of the Royal Naboo Security Forces intercepted a squad of Confederacy of Independent Systems droids.
Bow returned to her herd, most of which would later be killed after drinking from a river just outside of Naboo's capital of Theed. She learned from Naboo politicians Padmé Amidala and Jar Jar Binks that her animals were the victims of a Confederate biological weapon that had contaminated the river. Bow aided the two in locating the weapon's source, and after Amidala and Binks were captured by Confederate forces, she aided Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano in locating the politicians. Bow and Tano discovered that they were being held in a secret Trade Federation laboratory beneath the eastern swamps—the same laboratory where the bioweapon was developed. While Tano and Republic forces assaulted the lab, Bow waited in the swamp above to prevent any Confederate forces from escaping the battle. At the end of the raid, Doctor Nuvo Vindi, who was responsible for the bioweapon and the capture of Amidala and Binks, attempted to flee Republic forces, but was stopped by Peppi Bow after she tackled and incapacitated him. (Read more…)
The Kon'me were a sentient reptilian species native to the ocean planet Bal'demnic in the Outer Rim's Auril sector. Living on the small islands that littered the surface of Bal'demnic, the Kon'me divided themselves into two prominent social classes, an upper-class that resided in luxurious bubble-like structures on oceanside cliffs, and a lower-class that lived in simple, thatch, beachside dwellings. Known to be extremely distrustful of off-worlders, the Kon'me tried to keep from involving themselves in larger galactic affairs unless absolutely necessary, but they were unable to avoid being forced into the Clone Wars when it was discovered that Bal'demnic's cliffs contained the rare mineral cortosis.
In 19 BBY, the Confederacy of Independent Systems invaded Bal'demnic, seeking to mine the cortosis ore, with the higher-class Kon'me reluctantly allowing the Separatists' occupation. However, the beachfront Kon'me were less compliant, and rebelled against the Confederate battle droid army. During the resulting battle, the Galactic Republic sent a detachment of its clone army led by a number of Jedi Knights to assist the Kon'me insurrection. The Kon'me rebels, however, seeing all the off-worlders as tyrannical invaders, fought back against both Confederate and Republic armies, eventually forcing the two intruding factions to leave Bal'demnic. (Read more…)
"Axe" was the nickname of a veteran clone trooper pilot who served in the Galactic Republic Navy. During the Clone Wars, the clone pilot served in Blue Squadron, a Republic starfighter unit attached to the Venator-class Star Destroyer Resolute, and was given the call sign "Blue Leader." However, Axe gave the title to Jedi Commander Ahsoka Tano in 21 BBY when the two participated in the Battle of Ryloth, and then took the call sign of "Blue Two." In the engagement, Blue Squadron was tasked with destroying the Confederate Captain Mar Tuuk's blockade over the Twi'lek planet Ryloth.
During the battle, Axe was accompanied by fellow clone pilots Slammer, Kickback, Tucker, and Swoop, while the squadron made its way toward Tuuk's command ship. However, Confederate Vulture droids attacked Blue Squadron, causing heavy damage to several of their fighters. As the droids also attacked the Republic force's three Venator-class Star Destroyers—the Resolute, Defender, and Redeemer—Admiral Wullf Yularen and Skywalker ordered Tano and her men to retreat. However, as Blue Squadron made its way toward the Resolute's hangar, Axe was killed when his fighter was shot down by a Vulture droid. (Read more…)
Dharus was a privateer associated with the Alliance to Restore the Republic. A member of a little-known species, he was provided with information about Imperial activity and prize starships in the hyperlane called Leisure Corridor, and in exchange he shared his profits with the Alliance and took prisoners for them in a mutually profitable agreement—even if the Alliance observers assigned to Dharus were aghast at the pirate's activities. Dharus' raids were embarrassing to the Galactic Empire, which offered a high bounty for him. A bounty hunter managed to capture Dharus but, as he was a valuable partner of the Alliance, a Rebel team rescued him. Dharus then returned to his pirate activities, increasing his area of influence as well as the fleet under his command.
He was also known to post in illegal publications Cynabar's Droid Datalog and Gundark's Gear Datalog about his favorite technologies. During the Caamas Document Crisis, Dharus, by then a retired sentient, returned to active duty as a mercenary leader and strategist for the Nhoras, charging a hefty sum for his services. (Read more…)
Xer VIII was a Tionese nobleman, born circa 25,200 BBY, who became a pirate chieftain and later a King of Cron, forging an empire from the disparate elements of the Tion Cluster. With the loot he had gained as a pirate providing him with the ambition and drive, Xer began claiming territories for his own, establishing the Kingdom of Argai from Dravione to Panna. This attracted the attention of the Kingdom of Cron, and its king, Ferece, offered Xer all manner of titles in exchange for fealty. Xer, insulted, conquered the the Cronese capital of Chandaar, and established himself as the new king.
He then initiated the Cronese Sweeps, expanding his territories and establishing his new empire. His son, Xim, proved to be an effective and competent leader, laying waste to various worlds and attracting an infamy that eclipsed even that of his father. When Xer had unified three of the Four Thrones of Cron, he looked to push on toward Desevro, and the dominion of the Livien League. He was pushed back, however, and decided to focus on strengthening his existing holdings. In time, he allowed Xim to take his place as ruler. His son went on to greatly expand the territories held by his father, before disastrously clashing with the Hutt Empire years later. (Read more…)
Shimrra Jamaane was the Supreme Overlord of the Yuuzhan Vong during the Yuuzhan Vong War, although in truth he was merely a puppet of the Force-sensitive Shamed One Onimi. Born to Domain Jamaane, he was marked from birth as a candidate for Supreme Overlord. Around 29 BBY, he fell under the sway of the former Shaper Onimi, who used his powers to take control of Shimrra. Under Onimi's direction, Shimrra overthrew Supreme Overlord Quoreal with the support of many warriors. He then announced the discovery of a new galaxy, and proclaimed that the Yuuzhan Vong were destined to conquer it, whereas Quoreal had made the decision to avoid the galaxy, due to the presence of the living planet Zonama Sekot, which he believed to be a portent of doom.
In 25 ABY, the Yuuzhan Vong launched their invasion of the galaxy, beginning the Yuuzhan Vong War. The Yuuzhan Vong made early gains, and soon had the New Republic reeling. Three years into the war, Shimrra settled on Yuuzhan'tar, which would be his home for the rest of the war. He conducted meetings from his palace, directing the war and attempting to quash the Jeedai heresy. However, the war took a downward spiral after the Battle of Ebaq 9, and Shimrra grew increasingly unstable. In 29 ABY, Zonama Sekot—purportedly a sign of doom—appeared above Yuuzhan'tar, sparking riots and weakening Shimrra's already-declining power base. Soon after this, the Battle of Yuuzhan'tar commenced. This saw the death of both Shimrra and Onimi, and the surrender of the Yuuzhan Vong. (Read more…)
The trial of Tycho Celchu was a widely publicized trial held in 7 ABY, in which Captain Tycho Celchu of Rogue Squadron was accused of treason against the New Republic and the murder of his Rogue Squadron comrade Corran Horn. He was suspected of being either a brainwashed sleeper agent or a well paid secret operative. The New Republic promoted the trial as a demonstration that it did not discriminate between Humans and other species in its administration of justice.
Three prominent New Republic military leaders—Admiral Ackbar, General Horton Salm, and General Crix Madine—were nominated to judge the case. The prosecutor was a well known attorney from Alderaan, Halla Ettyk, who was aided by a former CorSec investigator, Iella Wessiri. Celchu's attorney was another Rogue Squadron pilot, Twi'lek lawyer Nawara Ven. They were helped by the squadron's protocol droid, Emtrey, and Horn's astromech droid, Whistler, who didn't believe Celchu had murdered his former master.
Many witnesses were called to give evidence in court; among them were all the members of Rogue Squadron, including Pash Cracken and Wedge Antilles, the commander of the unit. The defense considered a Duros weapon dealer, Lai Nootka, to be their key witness, but they were unable to locate him. Both sides found out that Celchu was truly innocent when a former Imperial Intelligence agent, Kirtan Loor, tried to defect to the New Republic and volunteered to testify if the New Republic would protect him from the Empire in return. However, Loor never had a chance to give his testimony, because he was killed when he arrived at the courthouse by a brainwashed Imperial agent, Diric Wessiri, who believed him to be Evir Derricote.
The biggest surprise for the members of the court was when Corran Horn, who was believed to be dead, appeared and wanted to testify on Celchu's behalf. Horn had escaped from Ysanne Isard's private prison and, during his escape, found evidence that Celchu had not been brainwashed, and that the true traitor in the squadron had been Erisi Dlarit. After Horn's testimony, all the charges against Celchu were immediately lifted. General Airen Cracken was also able to clear Celchu's tarnished reputation by claiming that he had voluntarily played the role of a victim in an intelligence operation to find the real spy. (Read more…)
Solla Deremot was a Human female from the planet Kal'Shebbol in the Kathol sector of the Outer Rim Territories. She studied biology at an educational institution in the Colonies, but when she returned to her homeworld upon completion of her studies, she was co-opted into the service of Imperial warlord Moff Kentor Sarne, who ruled the region. In 8 ABY, Deremot was assigned to science team MS-133 as a research assistant and was part of an expedition to excavate the ruins on a planet called Aaris III. While on the planet, the team discovered the Plaque of Victory, a sentient inanimate artifact that fed off the life-force of those nearby and compelled them to act in paranoid and homicidal ways.
As the Plaque's influence spread through the expedition team, the members began to experience feelings of paranoia. The team was attacked by the primitive descendants of the native Aaris, a species that was believed to be extinct, resulting in deaths and the destruction of the shuttle that had ferried them to the planet. Deremot, along with Doctor Lancer Brunou, the expedition leader, were the sole survivors, and they were rescued by the crew of the New Republic CR90 corvette FarStar. In the months that Deremot and the expedition team had been on Aaris III, Sarne's regime on Kal'Shebbol had been toppled, and the New Republic was searching for the Moff as he had fled his capital. Brunou brought the Plaque of Victory aboard the FarStar with him, however, and a repeat of the situation on the planet below threatened the crew. Managing to realize the danger that the Plaque possessed, the crew ejected the artifact from an airlock, ending its hold on those aboard. (Read more…)
Lord Keto was a Human male, who was the ruler of the Empress Teta system with his sister Magda Keto in the years leading up to the Great Sith War. Keto had a son named Satal who, along with Magda's daughter Aleema, was the heir to the throne of the system. Keto shared his dominion over the system with the commercial interests that operated carbonite mines within the Empress Teta system, and he cut many back-room deals with the mining executives. Keto's indifference toward his heirs, however, drove them to form a darksider cult called the Krath. In 3997 BBY, Satal and Aleema decided to use dark side Sith magic to overthrow Lord Keto and his sister. The Krath struck while Keto and his sister were on an inspection tour on one of the orbiting carbonite smelters over the planet Empress Teta. While Keto ordered his Royal Protectors into action, they were decimated by Satal and Aleema's magic. With no one left to defend him, Keto was captured by the insurgent heirs and was frozen in carbonite along with his sister Magda, killing him. His carbon-frozen body was put on display as a decoration on the walls of the Iron Citadel, his old palace–turned–headquarters of Satal and Aleema in Empress Teta's capital city of Cinnagar. (Read more…)
Shahan Alama was a male Weequay bounty hunter from Sriluur who was active during the Clone Wars. After being kicked out of a pirate gang, he was recruited alongside fellow bounty hunters Aurra Sing and Robonino by the Duros hunter Cad Bane to see how well they would work together. Bane decided to task them with the capture of the mercenary Davtokk, and the trio successfully carried out their mission. Bane, impressed with their teamwork, formed the three into his new posse, and they traveled to the galactic capital of Coruscant to attempt to free the Hutt crime lord Ziro Desilijic Tiure from Republic prison.
During the raid, the bounty hunters captured several senators, holding them hostage in the Republic Executive Building to force Supreme Chancellor Palpatine to free Ziro. Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker was present in the Senate Building and attempted to foil the bounty hunters' plan, but Alama, Sing, and Robonino managed to find and incapacitate him. Palpatine agreed to free Ziro, and after the Hutt was released, the bounty hunters escaped with Ziro, leaving a system of explosives in the atrium to use the senators as leverage for their escape. Afterward, Bane ordered his posse to go into hiding. Alama traveled to the planet Florrum, where he was attacked first by a Confederate frigate and then by nearby Republic forces. He was forced to crash-land on Florrum, where he found the Weequay pirate Hondo Ohnaka, who intended to hold him for ransom. (Read more…)
The Knightfall Trilogy was a three-book cycle set to be published in 2001 as part of The New Jedi Order series. Author Michael Jan Friedman was contracted by Del Rey Books and Lucasfilm Ltd. to write the trilogy, which would have contained three volumes: Jedi Storm, Jedi Fire, and Jedi Blood. Knightfall was going to star the scientist Danni Quee and the Jedi Knight Jorallen, both of whom were caught up in the New Republic and New Jedi Order's ongoing war with the extra-galactic species of religious zealots known as the Yuuzhan Vong.
After Friedman completed writing Jedi Storm, however, Del Rey and Lucasfilm Ltd. decided to cancel the trilogy. The Jedi Anakin Solo was slated to die in the upcoming hardcover novel Star by Star, and The New Jedi Order's planning team wanted the books leading into Star by Star to focus on his character. Gregory Keyes was thus contracted to write the Edge of Victory Duology, a pair of Solo-centric novels that replaced Knightfall. Although Jedi Storm had been completed, neither it nor any of the trilogy's individual volumes were ever published. (Read more…)
Cad Bane was a Duros male bounty hunter from the planet Duro who earned a reputation as the galaxy's best, deadliest, and most fearsome mercenary during the Clone Wars. Though he worked for a number of clients, his loyalty was ultimately to credits—and by extension, the highest bidder. Bane employed a variety of weapons and allies to ensure that he always got his pay, and he became the leader in his line of work after fellow bounty hunter Jango Fett perished in the opening battle of the war. His renown attracted the attention of Count Dooku and even the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious, the latter of whom employed him numerous times for his own means. Working for Sidious, Bane stole a Jedi holocron from the Jedi Temple to unlock the Kyber memory crystal, a repository of all recorded Force-sensitive infants in the galaxy. After pilfering the crystal from Jedi Master Bolla Ropal on Devaron and forcing Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker to unlock it, Bane was sent to kidnap four of the infants listed in the crystal. Despite being captured halfway through his job by Skywalker and his Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, Bane escaped from Jedi Masters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Mace Windu by luring them into a trap on his hideout, Black Stall Station.
Bane was later hired by the Hutt crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure and the Hutt Grand Council to break Jabba's criminal uncle, Ziro Desilijic Tiure, out of Republic custody on Coruscant. Forming a team of hunters to execute his job, Bane launched a brazen raid on the Republic Executive Building and captured ten prominent members of the Galactic Senate, using them as hostages to force Supreme Chancellor Palpatine to free Ziro. Once he had secured Ziro's release from the high-security Central Detention Center, Bane disbanded his posse and delivered Ziro to the Hutt Council. When Ziro escaped from their custody on Nal Hutta, Bane was re-hired to track down the crime lord. Though he arrived on Teth too late to secure his bounty, he managed to evade Jedi Masters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Quinlan Vos, who failed to apprehend him for his crimes. At the close of the bounty hunting season, Bane's total bounties surpassed those of all others in field.
After breaking criminal mastermind Moralo Eval out of the Republic's Central Detention Center, Bane became a candidate in Eval's plot to kidnap Chancellor Palpatine for Count Dooku and the Confederacy. Bane thus entered Eval's Box to become one of the five mercenaries who would be hired for the job. After passing the competition alongside fellow hunters Embo, Derrown, Twazzi, and Rako Hardeen, Bane was personally selected by Dooku to lead the operation, and they traveled to Naboo to capture Chancellor Palpatine during the Festival of Light. Despite Bane's success with abducting Palpatine, he was betrayed by Dooku, who had intended for the bounty hunters' operation to simply be a diversion for his own attempt to kidnap the Chancellor. Abandoned by Dooku, Bane was defeated by Hardeen, who turned out to be none other than Obi-Wan Kenobi, who had gone undercover to infiltrate and foil Eval's plans. Bane nevertheless retained his formidable reputation throughout the Clone Wars, after which he became one of the preferred freelancers for the Galactic Empire. (Read more…)
"Broadside" was the nickname of an experienced clone trooper pilot who served in Shadow Squadron, a Galactic Republic fighter unit under the command of Jedi General Anakin Skywalker during the Clone Wars. When the Malevolence, a Confederate warship commanded by General Grievous, destroyed several Republic fleets, Broadside and the rest of his squadron accompanied Skywalker and his Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, to the Bormus testing facility to acquire BTL-B Y-wing starfighters for an attack on the Malevolence. After taking the Balmorra Run shortcut through the Kaliida Nebula and braving the danger there posed by neebray mantas, Broadside and Shadow Squadron engaged the Malevolence and destroyed its ion cannons, preventing Grievous from attacking the Republic's Kaliida Shoals Medical Center. Skywalker then took the remainder of his squadron to the space station to recuperate for the pursuit of the Malevolence. Broadside additionally helped to defend Kamino when it was attacked by Confederate troops under the command of Grievous and the Dark Jedi Asajj Ventress, flying alongside Skywalker in a Y-wing to repel the invading Confederate fleet. The Republic eventually forced the Separatists to retreat, securing the clone homeworld. (Read more…)
"The Written Word: A Brief Introduction to the Writing Systems of Galactic Basic" was an article written by Doctor Milanda Vorgan, the Associate Professor of Xenolinguistics at the University of Charmath. The article was published in 38 ABY as a part of The Shafr Anthology of Galactic Language, Second Edition. Split into six main sections, the article detailed the various forms of writing that had developed over the course of the galaxy's history, and how the various forms of language and typography had evolved and come to be implemented, from the pre-Republican Infinite Empire of the Rakata, to the more recent Galactic Alliance standards.
The main forms of writing covered by Vorgan in the various segments of the article were Aurebesh, the High Galactic Alphabet, Tionese, Sith writing systems, Trade Federation Basic, Naboo Futhark and Futhork, and Atrisian script. In addition to providing various recommendations for further reading, Vorgan's article was illustrated with charts comparing the characters from several of the writing styles with the more common characters of the High Galactic Alphabet, as well as various other illustrations demonstrating the disparate forms of typography in use throughout the galaxy. (Read more…)
Sindra was a female Sith apprentice who lived in the days prior to the end of the Great Sith War. She was the twin sister of Xash, with whom she shared tutelage under the Sith sorcerer Thannor Keth. Alongside her brother, Sindra accompanied their master to the planet Vigil in pursuit of the Force-sensitive girl known as Nova. Their ship crash-landed, at which time Sindra and Xash were sent to capture the girl. They came upon a Jedi named Lian Dray who resided on Vigil and had since become the girl's custodian. When Dray refused to turn her over, Sindra allowed her brother to engage the Jedi in lightsaber combat. She intervened after Xash lost his weapon hand and seriously injured Dray in the midst of their duel. She taunted Dray after knocking him to the ground, a move that enraged the Jedi. The tide of battle turned against Sindra as Dray then called upon the dark side of the Force to defeat her, but she was saved by the intervention of her brother. Sindra then employed the dark side to render Dray helpless but was overpowered when he blasted her with Force lightning. After killing Xash, Dray also killed Sindra with a stroke of his lightsaber. (Read more…)
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Hugo Bartyn, known as The Slayer among the Menahuun sentient species, was a male Human field agent of the exploratory branch of the Outer Rim Oreworks corporation during the time of the Galactic Republic. He was also a big-game hunter and a speciesist prone to chasing and killing sentient species until their extinction. While ORO was aware of this extra-curricular activity, they turned a deaf ear to it because Bartyn's working performance was very profitable for them.
Circa 583 BBY, Bartyn found Lamaredd, a planet rich in mineral veins, edible seafood, and sentient locals—the Menahuuns. He manipulated events so that ORO would name him Administrator of the planet in exchange for mining rights. While still profiting ORO, he began to exploit the sealife as a personal venture. He built a coastal town, Bartyn's Landing, and populated it with poor, uneducated amphibious non-Humans that worked for him as indentured servants, while at the same time hunting the Menahuuns until their near-extinction. The Menahuuns moved to far-off areas and the settlers believed them extinct.
ORO eventually discovered Bartyn's personal fiefdom in Lamaredd, but they had no legal claim to complain and decided to ignore his activities because the investment was still lucrative. Bartyn abused his fishermen in the company Bartyn Gourmet Delicacies for years, until they challenged him through a Sailor's Union. In 499 BBY, the octogenarian Bartyn and some trusted partners, including his oldest son Traggat, investigated strange happenings on the outskirts of his town. They all mysteriously disappeared, and their corpses were later found. Bartyn was succeeded as Administrator by his daughter Tria, and his family kept control over Lamaredd for five centuries. While Hugo Bartyn was locally remembered as a tyrant, his deeds were almost unknown off-planet. (Read more…)
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Bea Arthur was an American actress known for her deep voice and sharp delivery of comedic lines who gained fame acting on Broadway, in television, and in films throughout her long career. Born Bernice Frenkel in 1922, Arthur changed her name early in her life and began acting soon after. After graduating from the Dramatic Workshop acting school in New York City, she formed an Off Broadway acting troupe and earned critical praise for performing comic roles, eventually winning a Tony Award for her role in the musical Mame. A guest appearance on the television sitcom All in the Family earned her a show of her own, Maude, which ran for six successful seasons.
In 1978, Arthur was invited to appear on The Star Wars Holiday Special, a Christmas-themed variety show set in the Star Wars universe that was attempting to capitalize off of the success of the wildly popular film of the previous year, Star Wars. Arthur portrayed Ackmena, a gruff bartender at the Mos Eisley Cantina whose rowdy patrons refused to obey a planet-wide curfew imposed by the Galactic Empire. Ackmena resorted to singing the song "Goodnight, But Not Goodbye," which caused them to waltz out the door.
Arthur found further success on television when she played the pragmatic Dorothy Zbornak on the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls, a very popular show throughout its seven year run. In the 1990s and 2000s, she guest-starred on several television shows and put together a one-woman show that she brought to Broadway. After falling ill from cancer, Arthur passed away in her home in 2009. She was remembered fondly by friends, family, and the Broadway community. (Read more…)
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In the latter days of the Great Galactic War between the Galactic Republic and the reconstituted Sith Empire, a Mon Calamari politician served as the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic. The Mon Calamari was in office in 3653 BBY, when the Empire's Dark Council proposed that the two governments convene to discuss the possibility of a peace agreement. The Galactic Senate agreed to the call for peace, and the Chancellor sent Cerean Senator Paran Am-Ris to represent the Republic in a peace summit on Alderaan.
The summit ultimately turned out to be nothing more than a diversion crafted by the Sith in order to draw attention away from their true target—the Republic's capital world of Coruscant. While the delegates from the two galactic superpowers began their deliberations on Alderaan, the Empire attacked the capital in a massive invasion that came to be known as the Sacking of Coruscant. During the attack, the leader of the Sith force, Darth Angral, breached the Senate Tower and killed the Supreme Chancellor. As a result of the Sacking of Coruscant and the Chancellor's death, Senator Am-Ris was forced to agree to the Sith-authored Treaty of Coruscant, which firmly placed the Republic as the war's loser. (Read more…)
MS-133 was an Imperial science team commissioned by Moff Kentor Sarne, warlord of the Outer Rim Territories' Kathol sector. The team was led by Doctor Lancer Brunou, a respected archaeologist, and was comprised of scientists, technicians, and soldiers. In 8 ABY, they were assigned to explore a series of extensive ruins on the planet Aaris III that had hosted a civilization thousands of years prior. After several months, the team uncovered a chamber known as the Place of Kastays, and discovered an artifact, the Plaque of Victory. The Plaque, a sentient inanimate lifeform, had been responsible for the civil war that had led to the downfall of Aaris society by inducing feelings of paranoia and homicidal tendencies in those around it.
Following the discovery, MS-133 began to experience feelings of being watched from the jungle. Events took a turn for the worst as members of the team began to disappear, and the base camp came under almost nightly attack from the primitive descendants of the native Aaris. Eventually, only Doctor Brunou and Solla Deremot, a research assistant, were left alive. Both were rescued by the FarStar, a New Republic CR90 corvette, which was in the process of tracking down Sarne in the Kathol sector. The Plaque, taken aboard the FarStar, began to have a similar effect on the crew of the corvette, until it was jettisoned out of an airlock. (Read more…)
Tundra Dowmeia was a male Quarren hailing from the planet Mon Calamari. In 22 BBY, Dowmeia succeeded fellow Quarren Tikkes as Mon Calamari's senator to the Republic Senate after Tikkes was censured for his connections to a slaving ring. Dowmeia represented a different faction of more progressive Quarren, and the new Senator became a Loyalist during the Separatist Crisis. When the Clone Wars broke out, it was revealed that Tikkes and his Quarren Isolation League had allied with the breakaway Confederacy of Independent Systems, and civil war came to Mon Calamari. The Republic won the battle, and peace was brokered between the Mon Calamari and Quarren races a year later. Dowmeia signed the peace accords but drew criticism from many of his fellow Quarren, who saw their Senator as a Republic and Mon Calamari pawn.
As a result of the peace agreement, Mon Calamari was jointly represented by a Quarren and a Mon Calamari in the Republic Senate. Dowmeia and Meena Tills fulfilled this obligation until the end of the Clone Wars, though they were faced with many Separatist spies in their midst. Both senators gradually became weary of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine's increasing wartime executive powers, prompting them to sign the Petition of 2000 near the climax of the war. They joined with like-minded senators in the Delegation of 2000, but their membership in the organization marked them as political enemies to the Supreme Chancellor. Palpatine's executive powers only increased with time, and in 19 BBY, he reorganized the Republic into the Galactic Empire with himself as its Emperor. Dowmeia was arrested by Imperial agents before Palpatine's Declaration of a New Order to the Senate even concluded. (Read more…)
Viun Gaalan was a male Keshiri Lord of the Lost Tribe of Sith who was admired by others for his physical beauty. In 43 ABY, Lord Gaalan led a convoy of shuttles dispatched from the Tribe's armada to the surface of the planet Dathomir to parley with the Nightsisters clan of witches. Expecting all of the Sith to be female, the leader of the Nightsisters, Dresdema, ordered her witches to attack Gaalan's forces once she realized that they were being led by a man. While the Nightsisters were quickly defeated, captured, and taken off-world by the Sith, Gaalan's own departure was delayed by the arrival of Jedi Grand Master Luke Skywalker and two others. Gaalan and Skywalker dueled intensely while several of the Sith Lord's remaining companions were cut down by Skywalker's associates, forcing him to retreat to the safety of his shuttle and flee the battlefield. (Read more…)
Huoba Neva was a female Sullustan from the planet Sullust. The daughter of a SoroSuub Corporation Executive Board member, Neva was accepted to the Imperial Academy, graduating fourth in her class. However, her status as a female non-Human severely stunted her progression through the ranks. After several years of being passed over for promotion, and growing dissatisfied with the Galactic Empire's treatment of non-Human species, she was contacted by Sian Tevv. A political agitator and member of the Sullustan resistance movement, Tevv convinced Neva to defect to the Rebel Alliance.
Neva found acceptance within the Alliance's ranks, and served both it and its successor state, the New Republic, with dedication. The elimination of an Imperial-backed insurgency in the Illoud system earned her commendations and the command of the EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigate Rebel Star, making her the youngest Sullustan warship commander in the New Republic Navy. Captain Neva died during a mission to rescue the crew of the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer Liberator from Coruscant in 10 ABY, which had been damaged by Imperial forces while on a scouting mission to the galactic capital. As the Rebel Star emerged from hyperspace, it collided with battle debris in orbit around the planet with the loss of all hands. (Read more…)
Ravilan, nicknamed Rav by Captain Yaru Korsin and the "crimson man" by the Keshiri, was a male of the Sith species. He served as the quartermaster and keeper of the Massassi warrior contingent aboard Omen, a Sith dreadnaught that was intended to participate in the Great Hyperspace War effort led by the Dark Lord Naga Sadow. When the starship crash-landed on the planet Kesh after a collision with its sister ship, Harbinger, Ravilan was among the survivors. The Massassi who had survived the crash and remained under Ravilan's care began to die rapidly upon exposure to the planet's atmosphere. When the Massassi were all dead, Ravilan was left without his title of quartermaster. After meeting with a native woman named Adari Vaal, the Sith were brought into contact with the Keshiri people. Using their appearance, technology, and power in the dark side of the Force, Ravilan and the other Sith quickly subjugated the native people, who believed them to be the Skyborn deities of Keshiri legend.
Fifteen years later, Ravilan occupied a series of jobs for Yaru, who had become the Grand Lord of the Sith Tribe on Kesh, including that of spokesperson of the Fifty-seven Red Sith of Sith species descent. Since their arrival on the planet, none of the Red Sith offspring had survived past their first day, leading to concerns about their continued existence on the planet, and more pressure for the Red Sith to get off-world. In a last attempt to focus efforts on getting off-world, Ravilan and the Fifty-seven purposefully caused a plague in the village Tetsubal on the Ragnos Lakes. This killed all of the Keshiri there, and crisis broke out amongst the Sith after they found a Human among the victims. The situation worsened as reports of deaths in other villages around the Ragnos Lakes filtered in. Although Ravilan himself was secretly behind the deaths in Tetsubal, the outbreaks elsewhere had been the design of Yaru's wife, Seelah Korsin, who had learned of Ravilan's duplicity and sought to frame him and his people to rid herself of them once and for all. To this end, she convinced Yaru to authorize a purge of every Red Sith on Kesh—which included Ravilan. Being the spokesperson of his fellow Fifty-seven Red Sith, Ravilan was captured and subsequently tortured by Seelah, who revealed her role in the event and her part behind the deaths of all of the Red Sith children. The life of the last Red Sith on Kesh was then ended as Seelah's son, Jariad Korsin, struck him down on Seelah's orders. (Read more…)
The Jindas were a bipedal sentient species who were herbivorous and could be easily recognized by their characteristic pom-pom tufts of hair and and the markings which covered their bodies. Jindas were noted for their energetic nature and desire to entertain others with their natural performing skills which included juggling, magic, dancing, music, and storytelling. However, the species suffered from a poor long-term memory and sense of direction which gave them a reputation for getting lost.
One group of Jindas departed Eriadu around 130 years before the Battle of Yavin aboard the starship Free Enterprise, bound for Kuna's Eye in the Moddell sector. However, their ship crashed on the forest moon of Endor, and the survivors found themselves stranded. The tribe established an agricultural settlement under the protection of the powerful being known as the Rock Wizard but were exiled when the Rock Wizard mistakenly accused them of attempting to poison him. Cursed by the Rock Wizard to never be able to settle in one place, the Jindas became a nomadic tribe, taking the name "The Travelling Jindas" and wandering the surface of the moon, using their skills to entertain its other inhabitants. In 3 ABY, the tribe enlisted the help of the Ewoks of Bright Tree Village in making peace with the Rock Wizard and were allowed to return home. However, their fate remained unknown to the rest of the galaxy until they were discovered by Rebel traders following the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY. (Read more…)
Ferroh was a Cathar male who served as a Jedi Knight during the Galactic Republic's war against the Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders, who were invading Republic space. In 3964 BBY, he and his fellow Revanchist Jedi, who were led by the Jedi Knight Revan, participated in a scouting mission in the Outer Rim. Ferroh and the Jedi were ambushed by the Mandalorians before the Fourth Battle of Suurja, and they were taken to Flashpoint Station, where they were tortured by the Mandalorian scientist Demagol. Ferroh and his companions were eventually rescued from captivity by the Jedi Padawan Zayne Carrick, the Mandalorian turncoat Rohlan Dyre, and the other crew of the starship Last Resort.
While accompanying the other Revanchists on his homeworld of Cathar, Ferroh and the Jedi felt the Mandalorian's destruction of the planet Serroco through the Force. Eventually, a team of Jedi met with the Revanchists on Cathar on behalf of the Jedi High Council and ordered them to disband permanently. However, all the Jedi present experienced a vision of the Mandalorians murdering the Cathar. The Jedi Council still did not give Revan's Jedi their full support, but Ferroh and the Revanchists were able to participate in the war after Revan organized his followers under the banner of the Republic Mercy Corps. (Read more…)
Jorak Uln was a Human male Sith Master who served as the headmaster of the Sith Academy on the planet Korriban for some time. During the Great Sith War, Uln was a Sith acolyte under the Dark Lord of the Sith Exar Kun. Sometime after Kun's Sith Empire was defeated by the Jedi Order and the Galactic Republic, Uln became the headmaster of Korriban's Sith Academy, eventually taking the humanoid Uthar Wynn as his Sith apprentice. In 3959 BBY, when the Sith Lords Darth Revan and Darth Malak initiated the Jedi Civil War, Uln swore allegiance to their Sith Empire and trained many of Revan and Malak's Dark Jedi.
Eventually, Uln grew mentally unstable and was driven out of the Academy by Wynn, who usurped his position as the Academy's headmaster. Uln took up residence in the tomb of the ancient Sith Lord Tulak Hord, located in the Valley of the Dark Lords. In the Jedi Civil War's final year, Uln encountered Revan—now a retrained Jedi Padawan—during the Jedi's quest to find the Rakatan Star Forge space station, which was under the control of the reigning Dark Lord, Darth Malak. The Sith Master trapped Revan and his companions inside Tulak Hord's tomb, and tested the Jedi's knowledge of the Sith ways while torturing him and the Sith student Mekel. When Uln's test concluded, Revan and his companions joined forces with Mekel and slew the Sith Master. (Read more…)
Korus was a Human male citizen of the Empress Teta system who served as the royal tutor of Satal and Aleema Keto, heirs to the Tetan throne. Continually berated by the young Ketos, Korus acted as a spy for Satal's father, Lord Keto, secretly reporting on the activities of his son and niece. When Korus' eavesdropping was discovered by Satal and Aleema, who had since formed a Sith cult known as the Krath, they used their newfound dark side powers to replace his tongue with an Adegan eel.
In 3997 BBY, a mutilated Korus accompanied the Krath when they stormed the carbonite smelter that orbited Empress Teta and proclaimed themselves the new rulers of the Tetan worlds. He was then forced to reveal his oral deformity before falling comatose and was the only Tetan official to survive the ensuing massacre. Korus was later made to serve the Krath, who had also maimed him further by sewing his mouth closed. After an innocent mistake that resulted in the soiling of Aleema's gown, Korus was killed—burned alive with Sith magic. (Read more…)
The Enhanced Security and Enforcement Act, also known simply as the Security Act, was a bill approved by the Galactic Senate of the Republic during the Clone Wars. The act was one of many war-time amendments to the Galactic Constitution voted upon by the Senate that centralized the balance of power in the Republic, pulling it away from the citizenry and focusing it primarily within the Office of the Supreme Chancellor, which was at the time held by Palpatine of Naboo. The original legislation provided the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic with the legal authority to approve searches and seizures without due process and order the unlimited usage of observation droids. This draft was later amended with the Security Act amendment, which included a provision that placed the High Council of the Jedi Order under the command of the Supreme Chancellor.
The act was originally proposed in 21 BBY, but was officially tabled from discussion in the Senate. Later that year, the Alderaanian Senator Bail Prestor Organa was attacked by a pirate force while en route to the the galactic capital of Coruscant. Organa's colleagues in the Senate were appalled by the attack and so insisted that Palpatine reintroduce the act to the Senate's agenda. It was given wide support, but was challenged by a small but vocal minority consisting of Senator Mon Mothma, former Chancellor Finis Valorum, and Organa himself. Despite their efforts, the act passed after the Senate was galvanized by a terrorist attack on a refugee transport ship, the Star of Iskin.
The approval of the act resulted in a heavy restriction of civil liberties across the Republic, but particularly on Coruscant. The act was viewed negatively by the Jedi Order, which believed it was just one instance out of many in which Palpatine was manipulating the Senate into ceding its powers to his office. In the immediate wake of the bloody Battle of Coruscant, the Senate yet again convened to review the act, this time amending it to restructure the Republic Armed Forces' chain of command. The Security Act amendment placed Palpatine at the top of the Military command structure and, when combined with the Reflex Amendment, gave him the authority to issue the Sector Governance Decree, which effectively terminated the authority of the Senate as a balancing branch of government. These acts and amendments were followed shortly by the establishment of the Galactic Empire with Palpatine's Declaration of a New Order in 19 BBY. (Read more…)
Sunnar Jan-lo was a native of Agamar and a member of the Agamar Resistance who joined the Alliance to Restore the Republic after attending a recruitment speech by the Rebel Chief of State Mon Mothma. Solidly built, decisive, and energetic, Jan-lo had been a leader on her homeworld prior to joining the Alliance. Although she wanted to pursue a career in intelligence, she initially served as a starfighter pilot, seeing action fighting against forces of the Galactic Empire during and after the Imperial offensive Operation Strike Fear.
Jan-lo flew as pilot Keyan Farlander's wingmate in an attack on the Imperial-class Star Destroyer Intrepid after it became stranded and defenseless in the Circarpous system. Her X-wing fighter was hit by a missile during the mission, and, although she managed to eject, she suffered burns and cuts over her face, arms, and legs. She spent the following days in a bacta tank and was grounded afterward. Being unable to fly gave her the opportunity to enter intelligence training. She eventually transferred to Alliance Intelligence shortly before the Battle of Yavin. (Read more…)
The Plaque of Victory was a triangular-shaped metal ingot, containing an entity that fed on the life-force and emotions of other living beings and existed solely to bring about the destruction and downfall of those with whom it came into contact. While not being capable of actively harming a living being—being an inanimate object—the Plaque was able to manipulate and influence individuals around it, causing them to experience heightened feelings of aggression, suspicion, and paranoia toward one another. The resulting feelings would culminate in increasing levels of violence and homicidal behavior.
The Plaque of Victory was first discovered on the planet Aaris III, located in the Kathol sector of the Outer Rim Territories, several thousand years before the Galactic Civil War, although it was not native to the planet. The Plaque's influence caused civil unrest among the planet's inhabitants, the Aaris, and the Plaque was hidden by a scholar called Kastays in the hope of negating the Plaque's influences. The plan did not work, and the Aaris descended into civil war. Their civilization fell to ruins, and the Plaque remained hidden for several millennia.
In 8 ABY, an Imperial science team, MS-133, began excavating the ruins on Aaris III. They rediscovered the Plaque of Victory and fell victim to its manipulations until the last two survivors, Lancer Brunou and Solla Deremot, were rescued from the planet by the New Republic CR90 corvette FarStar. Aboard the vessel, the Plaque attempted to spread its influence to the crew; however, the FarStar's personnel realized the cause of their problems and jettisoned the Plaque into space, freeing themselves from the artifact's manipulations. (Read more…)
Contemplanys Hermi was a clause in the Constitution of the Galactic Republic. The clause was a proviso added in the early days of the Republic and applied only to the Corellian sector, which was home to one of the Republic's Core Founders, Corellia. Contemplanys Hermi allowed for Corellia to close its borders and recall its delegation from the Galactic Senate, thereby surrendering its veto power while retaining their standing as a Republic member world. The enactment of the proviso carried several limitations on non-Corellians within the sector, and also prevented the Republic from calling on the people of Corellia and the Corellian Security Force to contribute to an interplanetary defense force. It was included in the Constitution in acknowledgment of Corellia's contributions towards founding the galactic government.
The proviso was so rarely invoked that it was considered obscure. One recorded instance was Corellia's ill-fated attempt at secession around 470 BBY. In a much later incident, Corellian Senator Garm Bel Iblis claimed Contemplanys Hermi during the Separatist Crisis so as to remove himself and his sector from the debate surrounding the Military Creation Act, which Bel Iblis believed would threaten Corellian sovereignty. Senator Bel Iblis was highly criticized for the move, but he maintained his stance against the Republic military throughout the Clone Wars and continued to neglect attending regular sessions of the Galactic Senate until compelled to do so during the Imperial Period. (Read more…)
Reginald Barkbone, Scourge of the Seven Sectors, was a swashbuckling pirate pursued by the Empire during the Galactic Civil War. A Poss'Nomin male, he was the figure of much myth, infamous for many audacious heists and daring escapades in his flagship, the Robber Baron. Barkbone was noted for his flamboyance: he sported a lightfoil and spoke Lok Pirate's Cant and also kept a Kowakian monkey-lizard atop his shoulder to repeat his every word.
Barkbone's most famous exploits included a raid on the palaces of Hapes, a fracas with Imperial Guards on Axion, and a successful voyage through the Fire Rings of Fornax—at the cost of his leg, eye, and sanity, respectively. The Loronar navy attempted to apprehend Barkbone, vainly pursuing the Poss'Nomin bandit for a month. After the Battle of Yavin, the Imperial Navy made Barkbone's apprehension a priority, tasking Grand Admiral Rufaan Tigellinus with his capture. Tigellinus chased the relentless freebooter around the galaxy to no avail, but was determined to neutralize the threat Barkbone posed. (Read more…)
The Conqueror was an Imperial-class Star Destroyer armed with a superlaser that was in operation during the Galactic Civil War. Conceived as a replacement for the Galactic Empire's planet-destroying superweapon, the Death Star, lost at the Battle of Yavin, the Conqueror was intended to slow the momentum of the rapidly growing Rebel Alliance. The superlaser component of the Star Destroyer was constructed at an Imperial research facility on Naboo under the supervision of the Imperial storm commandos. By 1 ABY, the weapon was equipped on the Conqueror, and the Star Destroyer was located in the Mustafar system, where it was commanded by Admiral Victor Strang. There, the Star Destroyer's superlaser was successfully tested on a small planetoid.
Shortly thereafter, the Alliance's Renegade Squadron came across information on the Conqueror during several raids on Imperial facilities located on Naboo, and they set out to destroy the vessel. After hijacking a shuttle on Mustafar that was bound for the Conqueror, the Renegades were able to infiltrate the Star Destroyer and plant timed explosives on the ship's reactor core, which would cause the vessel to explode once detonated. Strang and the Imperial forces on the ship were unable to stop the Rebels, and after a confrontation with Emperor Palpatine's enforcer, Darth Vader, who had recently arrived on the ship, the Renegades were able to escape the Conqueror shortly before it was destroyed. (Read more…)
Baron Rush Clovis was a Human male who served as the representative of Scipio and a delegate for the InterGalactic Banking Clan in the Galactic Senate during the latter days of the Old Republic. Clovis entered the Senate in 25 BBY and quickly formed a relationship with fellow first-year senator, Padmé Amidala. Amidala, the representative of Naboo and the Chommell sector, served with Clovis on several committees, and the two eventually became romantically involved. Amidala soon insisted that they keep their relationship strictly professional, however—a request that was not well received by Clovis.
Clovis continued in his post as senator for a further three years, until the outbreak of the galaxy-wide Clone Wars between the Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems in 22 BBY. As a senatorial delegate for the Confederate-allied InterGalactic Banking Clan, Clovis began clandestine dealings with Separatist interests on behalf of the clan while maintaining his appearance as a Republic Loyalist. In the early days of the war, the Banking Clan invested heavily in the creation of a new droid factory for the Separatist Droid Army to be built on the Outer Rim world of Geonosis. The factory was a joint venture with the Trade Federation, necessitating that Clovis work alongside fellow covert Confederate operative, Senator Lott Dod, and Geonosian Archduke Poggle the Lesser. Unbeknownst to Clovis, the Jedi High Council suspected him of treason, and so asked his former flame, Padmé Amidala, to gather information on his dealings. Under the belief that Amidala was interested in resurrecting their relationship, Clovis allowed the Naboo Senator to accompany him to a meeting with Dod and Poggle on Cato Neimoidia, during which she discovered his allegiance to the Confederacy and his investments in the new Geonosian droid foundry.
Before Amidala could relate this information back to the Jedi Order, she was poisoned by Dod, who hoped to use her as leverage over Clovis in their financial dealings. Amidala's poisoning was discovered by her secret husband, Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, who was posing undercover as her security guard. Understanding that his former love's life was in danger, Clovis assisted Skywalker in his attempt to get her off of Cato Neimoidia, during which he confronted Dod and forced his co-conspirator to provide them with an antidote to Amidala's poison. Despite his aid in removing Amidala from Lott Dod's palace, Skywalker was still bitter with Clovis due to his advances on Amidala, and so left the Senator on Cato Neimoidia to face the wrath of Dod and Poggle the Lesser. (Read more…)
Operation: Knightfall, which took place in 19 BBY immediately before the end of the Clone Wars, was one of the first conflicts of the Great Jedi Purge. After assisting in the death of Jedi Master Mace Windu and submitting to the tutelage of Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious—known to the galaxy as Palpatine, Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic—Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker fell to the dark side and was anointed Darth Vader. Just afterward, Vader was assigned a detachment of the 501st Legion's clone troopers and was tasked with storming the Jedi Temple on Coruscant alongside them. This massacre, as well as the mandate given to the clones instructing them to kill their Jedi officers in the field, marked the beginning of a galaxy-wide hunt for the Jedi. Most of the Jedi inside the Temple were executed by the invaders while the Temple burned, and within minutes of the Purge's inception, much of the Jedi Order was wiped out.
During the fighting, Vader altered a beacon that alerted Jedi across the galaxy—the ones that had not already fallen to the clones in their ranks—that the Clone Wars were over and ordered them back to the Temple, where a garrison of clone troopers lay in wait to finish them off. All of the Jedi who complied with the beacon's mandate were killed by squads of clones, some of whom were disguised as Jedi themselves. To prevent more deaths, two surviving Jedi Masters, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda, infiltrated the Temple and switched the beacon, changing the message to ward any surviving Jedi away and instructing them to go into hiding. With the operation's completion, the bodies of the slain Jedi were publicly burned in a massive pyre in front of the Jedi Temple Public Entrance. (Read more…)
Traditionally, Sith magic, also known as Sith sorcery, was an arcane expression of Force ability first developed and practiced by the original Sith species through which they manipulated the power of the dark side. The very name of the Sith was adopted by the Dark Jedi Exiles of the Hundred-Year Darkness, who combined Sith mysticism with their own experiments into dark side power to create even more strange rituals and alchemical sciences. Sith magic, while as much a part of the dark side as endowments like Force lightning, was accessible only to those Force-sensitives who possessed an intrinsic relationship with the dark side. Through the recitation of spells, execution of hand gestures, and or the handling of various artifacts, darksiders were able to channel the raw power of the Force's malignant side to warp minds, alter the environment, and obliterate whatever obstacles stood in their way. Males who achieved mastery were known as Sith sorcerers, mages, magicians, or wizards, while females who practiced Sith sorcery were referred to as Sith sorceresses or witches.
Sith magic was prevalent among the citizens of the ancient Sith Empire, and its disciplines were adhered to throughout the span of galactic history, predating even the inception of the longstanding Galactic Republic. Its effectiveness in battle was realized during the Great Hyperspace War of 5000 BBY, up to and beyond the Great Sith War a thousand years later. Proponents of Sith magic revived its practice briefly during the New Sith Wars, but it became something of an oddity following the reformation of the Republic in 1000 BBY. By then, a lone Sith apprentice was its only active student. Still, the allure of Sith magic survived through the fall of the Republic in 19 BBY and the subsequent Galactic Civil War, and curious Force-sensitives learned to harness its power from obscure temples on long-forgotten planets and moons. By 137 ABY, the magic of the Sith was studied by the foremost loremasters of Darth Krayt's One Sith Order. (Read more…)
The Kloperians were a sentient species native to the Inner Rim planet Kloper. They were a short, gray species, with fish-like eyes and mouths and extensible necks. Lines of tentacles, several of which were capped with hands, ran down both sides of their bodies. Their physique, combined with a natural affinity for mechanics, made the Kloperians some of the best engineers and technicians in the New Republic.
In 17 ABY, a large group of Kloperians were involved in a plot by the Dark Jedi Kueller to cripple the New Republic. The Kloperians worked on Coruscant upgrading the Republic's fleet of starfighters, hiding Imperial detonators within the inner workings of the starships. However, their sabotage was discovered by R2-D2, the astromech droid of Jedi Master Luke Skywalker. While checking up on what was supposed to be routine maintenance on the Jedi's starfighter, the droid became suspicious of the Kloperians. He eventually discovered the detonators, and alerted General Wedge Antilles and Chief of State Leia Organa Solo to the danger the devices posed. Organa Solo had the Kloperian mechanics suspended from their duties until they could be thoroughly investigated. R2-D2 later traveled to Telti where the detonators were produced, and remotely deactivated similar devices across the galaxy. (Read more…)
"Chopper" was the nickname of a clone trooper who served in Clone Sergeant Slick's platoon during the Clone Wars. An aggressive soldier, Chopper was scarred during a battle droid ambush on Geonosis, and he came to hold a personal grudge against his Separatist adversaries. In 22 BBY, he was dispatched with a Jedi-led contingent of the Grand Army of the Republic to liberate the planet Christophsis from the Confederacy. When the Separatists foiled the Republic's attempt to ambush them, Chopper and his unit were forced to retreat with the rest of the Republic troops back to their base. While there, Chopper secretly made war trophies out of droid fingers pilfered from the battlefield, an exploit he was later forced to disclose when his superiors, Clone Commander CC-2224 and Clone Captain CT-7567, interrogated his unit to root out a potential Separatist spy. Although Slick framed Chopper to be the enemy agent, the Sergeant himself was revealed to be the turncoat and was apprehended after sabotaging the Republic's military supplies. (Read more…)
Reist was a Nightmare Demon of Droxine, one of the few to have survived his species' extermination prior to the Clone Wars. Able to use his telepathic powers to destroy his enemies, Reist was controlled by one of the Galactic Empire's Human replica droids, Altin Wuho, who kept the Nightmare Demon contained under a lead hood to suppress his powers. Wuho also kept Reist contained in a floating sphere while aboard Captain Dirk Balor's Imperial-class Star Destroyer.
While Balor was in the Lapez system, the Imperial forces encountered Alliance to Restore the Republic pilot Luke Skywalker and sought to destroy him. Reist was dispatched to destroy the young pilot, and was placed in a homing missile by Wuho, which was then fired at Skywalker's T-65 X-wing starfighter. As the missile affixed itself to the fighter, Skywalker was shot down over Lapez-3 by a TIE fighter. As the pilot landed, Reist entered his mind, creating all manner of nightmarish visions and apparitions. Just as Skywalker lost all hope, he was able to break through Reist's apparitions with the power of the Force and overcome the Nightmare Demon by striking him with his lightsaber. While mortally wounded, Reist, with his dying words, urged Skywalker to destroy Wuho. The young Rebel did so, before burying Reist on Lapez-3. (Read more…)
Raik Muun was a Force-sensitive female Human half-breed who became a Dark Jedi during the waning years of the Galactic Republic. Muun joined the Jedi Order and studied at the Almas Academy, a Jedi school that was located on the planet Almas in the Cularin system. She attempted to pursue a romantic relationship with fellow student Nek Lawsirk, but he rejected her and she was dismissed from the Academy by Jedi Master Kirlocca. Muun left the system and fell to the dark side of the Force. She returned a few years later, determined to destroy the reputation of the Almas Jedi and ultimately drive them out of the Cularin system. She based herself on the moon Tilnes and, after learning of the existence of a dangerous creature known as the t'salak, Munn traveled to the planet Cularin, where she planned to find the creature and use it in her plot against the Jedi.
Muun discovered the cavern where the creature was hidden but was unsuccessful in freeing it. Afterward, she began to pursue a different method for freeing the t'salak by capturing Nek Lawsirk and then disguising herself as him, allowing her to obtain the creature from Morad'Ka, the Mother of the Tarasin tribe Jaraana irstat. She forced some captured scientists to make the creature reproduce but was driven from Tilnes by a group of freelance agents who had been hired by the Jedi to find Lawsirk. Muun then orchestrated a plan to unleash the t'salak during a peace conference that was being held by the Jedi and the Sentient Beings Opposing Violence aboard the liner Luxury, using the creatures to enrage the attending Jedi and so discredit the Jedi Order. However, the agents who had driven her from Tilnes confronted her and thwarted her plans, forcing her to flee the ship. Following the end of the Clone Wars, Muun traveled to the planet Coruscant and became the apprentice of Inquisitor Valin Draco, a Dark Jedi who served the Galactic Empire as a Jedi hunter. She accompanied him on a mission to investigate the ruins of the Almas Academy but was defeated when they were attacked by a group of Alderaanian Resistance agents. (Read more…)
The Anointed People were a species of sentient reptiles native to the planet Abonshee. Their bodies were sturdy and roughly humanoid, standing on two feet with a tail used for balance. Members of the species used sharp teeth and a spiked tail as natural weapons and hard, green skin as armor. As of 1 ABY, the Anointed People had a feudal society divided into castes, including the working-class Unwashed and the ruling Godlings, all serving a planetary monarch known as the Godking.
The galactic community believed them to be a primitive and hostile species, based on obsolete scouting reports from the time of the Galactic Republic that portrayed the Anointed People as a non-technological, unsophisticated species that constantly waged civil wars. However, soon after the Battle of Yavin, representatives of the Alliance to Restore the Republic rediscovered the Anointed People and found them to be intelligent and sophisticated, if still not technological. By that point, the Anointed People, mostly under the rule of Godking Trisstan, had made important social advances, replacing their constant warring with a sport-like activity.
The agents of the Alliance tried to convince the Anointed People to join their faction in the Galactic Civil War, but Godking Trisstan was reluctant to agree: He had recently been the victim of Jayhawk, a con artist who claimed to be a member of the Alliance. Trisstan tested the might and the nature of the aliens before deciding. The Anointed People eventually joined the Alliance in their fight against the Galactic Empire and fought Imperial stormtroopers when the Empire landed on Abonshee. (Read more…)
Protas was the monster-god of the Kaminoan seas. Dwelling beneath the oceans, he ruled all the animals on the planet, possessing strength and power beyond that of any other creature. His mystical powers were both grand and beyond comprehension by lesser beings. His dominion over the seas was challenged, however, by several contenders. The first was Melkorr, an immense titan originating in the deepest of the Kaminoan waters. He openly challenged Protas, and for seven days they did battle, until Protas overcame the upstart Melkorr, and consolidated his dominance over the seas.
The second challenger was a school of sentient kikla, who also chose to openly confront Protas. He fought them in the Ancient Trench, eating his numerous opponents in order to maintain his strength. Overcoming the kikla, Protas grew complacent and arrogant in his position of power, denying an aiwha pod passage to the south seas, where they were heading for the winter season. As the aiwha understood that they would freeze to death should they stay in the north, they directly attacked Protas, and the monster-god was finally defeated. (Read more…)
Constructed by the Dark Lord of the Sith Revan during the Jedi Civil War, Darth Revan's Sith Holocron contained the Sith Lord's teachings on the dark side of the Force, and his knowledge of ancient Sith rituals. It included instructions on how to use the Force power known as the thought bomb, and the lessons from the Holocron focused on the user coveting the dark side and the importance of a Sith Master training one apprentice at a time. Following Darth Revan's redemption and the end of the Jedi Civil War, the Sith holocron remained hidden within the Temple of the Ancients on the planet Rakata Prime.
Three millennia later, the Sith Lord Darth Bane rediscovered Darth Revan's Holocron inside the Rakatan temple and extensively studied the teachings contained inside. Bane copied the Holocron's contents and destroyed the artifact when its power source ceased to work. Bane went on to purge the ruling Sith regime, creating his own Sith Order using the teachings from Darth Revan's Holocron. Bane later transcribed Darth Revan's knowledge into the Telos Holocron, which was eventually studied by the Sith Lord Darth Sidious and later the New Jedi Order. (Read more…)
Mermeia was a "Holographic Wow," a character in a personal holographic entertainment unit called a "mind evaporator."
Kael was a captain in the Royal Naboo Security Forces during the Trade Federation's invasion of Naboo in 32 BBY. He and his subordinate, Lieutenant Gavyn Sykes, escaped from the capital city of Theed, organized a resistance against the invaders and rescued several civilians from the Federation's battle droids. Kael and Sykes eventually allied with an influential smuggler, Borvo the Hutt, who supplied them with N-1 starfighters. Determined to strike back at the enemy, Kael and his men performed a daring raid on a Trade Federation base, stealing a Federation gunboat.
Guided by Kael, Sykes used the gunboat to infiltrate a Federation mining operation on the banks of the Andrevea River and rescued a number of slaves. Borvo, however, later enslaved the rescued prisoners by himself. Kael fell victim to the Hutt's treachery, and was killed by him. Before dying, though, he was able to inform Sykes of what had happened, and the Lieutenant defeated Borvo. Sykes went on to play a crucial role in the liberation of Naboo, helping to take down the Federation's droid control ship and free the planet. (Read more…)
The Huntress was a female Iktotchi assassin who operated in the years following the end of the New Sith Wars. An impeccable record of success saw the Huntress employed by Lucia, a bodyguard working for the royal house of the planet Doan. After efficiently honoring her contract with Lucia, the Huntress was then hired by the bodyguard's charge, Princess Serra, to track down Darth Bane, the only surviving Dark Lord of the Sith of the war of twenty years prior.
With a score of mercenaries allotted to her by Serra, the Huntress ambushed Bane and immobilized him with senflax poison, before taking him into custody and delivering him to the Stone Prison on Doan. Despite the completion of her task, however, she delayed her departure from the penitentiary, believing that her destiny was inextricably linked with that of Darth Bane. She made her way to the prison's hangar bay, where she encountered and dueled the Dark Jedi Set Harth, whom she eventually allowed to flee after conceding the bout to stalemate. Darth Bane arrived shortly afterward, having escaped the torment he had been subjected to at Serra's hands. The Huntress yielded before him and appealed to learn the ways of the Sith from him, an offer which he accepted.
Together they fled the Stone Prison's ensuing destruction and journeyed to the planet Ambria, where the Huntress took on a new name. At Bane's prompting, she cast off the yoke of her former life and became Darth Cognus, so named for her instinctive ability to perceive and influence the future. Before she could formally begin her training, however, Bane's current apprentice, Darth Zannah, arrived to do battle with him for rights to the title of Sith Master. Realizing that the two were evenly matched, Cognus did not interlope but instead pledged to serve the winner of the duel. Zannah emerged victorious, and Darth Cognus' life was then consecrated to the Order of Sith Lords. Cognus ascended to Sith Mastery years later, taking the three-eyed Human mutant Darth Millennial as her apprentice. She was ultimately forced to disavow him for blasphemy against Darth Bane's Rule of Two. (Read more…)
Seviss Vaa was a male Sith Lord and a powerful member of Lord Kaan's Brotherhood of Darkness during the late movements of the New Sith Wars. A scholar, Vaa took particular interest in the alchemical practices of long-dead Sith Lord Naga Sadow, and dreamed of resurrecting the lost art of Sith alchemy. Vaa hoped to create a storehouse filled with the most insidious Sithspawn pulled from the recesses of the dark side of the Force. To that end, the Sith Lord began conducting a series of experiments, hoping to devise monsters with which he could battle the Jedi.
An early experiment of Vaa's took place on the world later known as Aduba-3. Taking a local lizard, Vaa used his powers to mutate the animal, giving rise to a gargantuan creature, conditioned to go berserk at the sight of a Jedi lightsaber. The experiment was unstable, however, and Vaa had it stored in suspended animation below Aduba-3's surface for future study. The Sith Lord subsequently perished during the Ruusan campaign in 1000 BBY that also saw the deaths of the other members of the Brotherhood of Darkness. His Aduban behemoth caused a great deal of carnage a millennia later, when it wreaked havoc on the village of Onacra. (Read more…)
Freedon Nadd was an Old Republic Jedi prodigy whose conscious decision to embrace the dark side of the Force had a significant impact on galactic events for many generations after his death. Nadd's career began as a student in training on the planet Ossus, but a lust for greater power caused him to slay his Master, Matta Tremayne, and renounce his affiliation with the Jedi Order. He fled Ossus and made his way to the heart of the old Sith Empire, where he gained an enormous wealth of dark side knowledge. He eventually followed the Force to the jungle moon of Yavin 4, where he found and apprenticed himself to the ancient Dark Lord Naga Sadow. Sadow trained Nadd in the Sith arts, and led the young Jedi even further down the dark path. When he determined that he had learned all his Sith Master had to offer, Nadd used his newfound powers to destroy Sadow and left Yavin 4 behind in search of a world to conquer as his own. He proclaimed himself Dark Lord of the Sith, and used his sorcerous powers to subjugate the world of Onderon, where he ruled as king from the capital of Iziz for more than a hundred years until his physical demise. His body was entombed below the royal palace of Iziz, which became a focal point of Sith power. Nadd's spirit lingered in the tomb, from whence it taught the descendants of his bloodline and further steeped Onderon in the miasma that was the dark side of the Force.
By 4000 BBY, the exaltation of Freedon Nadd's memory was the catalyst for the final battle of the centuries-spanning Beast Wars of Onderon, a conflict that arose between the citizens of Iziz who worshiped the deceased Dark Lord and those who had been cast out for their refusal to pledge allegiance to the Sith. A team of Jedi Knights led by Arkanian Master Arca Jeth came to Onderon, ended the battle, and brought a temporary halt to Nadd's influence over the planet with the defeat of Queen Amanoa. However, Amanoa's husband, King Ommin, reasserted Sith influence over the planet when he summoned Freedon Nadd's spirit from Chaos. The restored Naddist cult then rose up in arms and stole the Dark Lord's sarcophagus in a surprise attack during Amanoa's funeral. Nadd revealed himself to the Jedi and participated in the capture of Arca Jeth, who was ultimately rescued by the Jedi after the defeat of King Ommin during the final stages of the Naddist insurrection. Conceding failure, Nadd abandoned Ommin to the mercy of the Jedi, and his spirit was forever banished from Onderon by the power of Arca Jeth. Prior to his departure, however, Nadd happened upon Tetan socialites Aleema and Satal Keto—who had come to Onderon in search of dark side knowledge—and chose to pass the Sith teachings on to them. While Nadd's tomb was relocated to Onderon's jungle moon by the Jedi, his spirit appeared to one of them, Ulic Qel-Droma, and foretold the young Knight's destiny as a Lord of the Sith.
For months Freedon Nadd trained the Ketos in Sith magic, but his interests shifted when Exar Kun, a powerful fallen Jedi with dark side curiosities, stirred the Dark Lord's spirit from within his lunar grave. Nadd guided Kun to the ancient Sith homeworld of Korriban where, through a series of trials designed to test his resolve, he decided that Exar Kun was worthy of Sith apprenticeship. Nadd then led Kun to the ancient dwellings of his own Sith Master on Yavin 4 and was pleased when Kun wholeheartedly embraced the Sith after he defeated an enormous Sith wyrm and subjugated the native Massassi warriors. Finally convinced that his apprentice had become one with the dark side, Nadd revealed his need for Exar Kun to create a physical body for him through alchemical means, that he might once again command the power of the Force. Kun, however, refused to entertain Nadd any longer, and in that moment betrayed him. His apprentice's strength tremendously amplified by a Sith amulet, Nadd was attacked by Kun with a potent blast of Force energy that mortally wounded the Sith spirit. Consigned to oblivion for a second time, Nadd contacted the Ketos in his final act and warned them of the threat that Exar Kun posed. He then declared that, along with Ulic Qel-Droma, the future of the Sith rested with Satal and Aleema, before fading into Chaos and dying a second death. (Read more…)
The Duel on Roqoo Depot took place on a refueling and supply station in the Hapes Cluster during the Second Galactic Civil War. It came about following a complex manipulation on the part of Jacen Solo, who had fallen under the sway of the dark side. Of the opinion that his new Sith mentor, Lumiya, had outlived her usefulness, and that the elimination of Luke Skywalker, the leader of the Jedi Order, would weaken the Jedi, Solo dispatched Lumiya to Roqoo Depot and informed Luke and Mara Jade Skywalker that their son would rendezvous with them there. With Lumiya traveled the Twi'lek Dark Jedi Alema Rar, an enemy of the Jedi Order who was presumed to have died during the Battle of Tenupe four years previously. Rar's vendetta against the Skywalkers had led to an opportunistic alliance with Lumiya, and both women traveled to Roqoo Depot with fail-safe baradium bombs strapped to their chests, set to detonate upon their deaths.
Lumiya and Rar ambushed the Masters Skywalker in the depot's cantina, which proved to be a difficult combat environment for the Jedi, as they were forced to dedicate time and effort to protect the cantina's patrons. As Luke Skywalker battled Lumiya among the crowd, his wife and Alema Rar confronted one another in a side corridor. Separated, the two pairs of combatants were unable to aid each other, and Lumiya was able to grievously wound Skywalker with her lightwhip, while Rar was soon incapacitated by Jade Skywalker and subdued. Jade Skywalker worked quickly to disarm Rar's fail-safe bomb as Lumiya drew closer to victory over the weakened Grand Master, distracting him with taunts and boasts of twisting his son to the dark side. When Skywalker used a discarded blaster to injure Lumiya severely and end the duel, his wife was able to forewarn him of the Sith Lady's baradium explosive, and together the two Jedi Masters fled the cantina. Upon the detonation of the explosive two minutes later, Lumiya was presumed dead. However, the Sith Lady had in fact survived and recuperated before returning to battle weeks later. The news of Alema Rar's survival was communicated to the New Jedi Order, although Jacen Solo was able to fool his aunt and uncle into believing that he had dispatched them to Roqoo Depot in good faith. (Read more…)
Shayoto was a Human male Jedi Master active in the Jedi Order in the years leading up to the Great Sith War. Born some time before the year 4800 BBY, Shayoto was trained in the Jedi way by a long-lived Jedi Master, who in turn had a Master who lived for thousands of years. Shayoto was also instructed by his Master's Master, who taught him about events such as the Hundred-Year Darkness and the Great Hyperspace War, and about the modus operandi of the followers of the dark side. After completing his Jedi training and rising to the level of Jedi Master, Shayoto lived through the Gank Massacres in 4,800 BBY and the Vultar Cataclysm in 4250 BBY. By 3997 BBY, the Jedi Master had lived for more than 800 years. That same year, Shayoto attended the Conclave on Deneba, a Jedi meeting on the Mid Rim planet of Deneba meant to address the recent threat posed by the Empress Teta-based dark side organization known as the Krath. The aging Jedi Master made himself heard during the Conclave, sharing his knowledge of the workings of darksiders. During a recess, the Jedi gathered on Deneba's Mount Meru were attacked by Krath war droids. However, the assembled Jedi were able to fight the droid army off. (Read more…)
The Shashay were sentient avians indigenous to Crytal Nest. They were renowned for their natural skills as singers and astrogators, giving them the common nickname of Space Singers. They had a reputation for fiery tempers and a strong loyalty to their species.
In an attempt to prevent the Galactic Empire from plundering their home planet, the Shashay kept the planet's galactic coordinates secret—to the point of not trusting that information to navigation computers and instead relying only on a Shashay navigator's memory for astrogation. The Alliance to Restore the Republic, noticing that the Shashay disliked the Empire as much as they did, approached the Shashay and tried to convince them to join their faction, with partial success: The governing Nestmothers of the Shashay did not want a Rebel base in Crytal Nest until the Rebellion could demonstrate its might, but several Shashay navigators and pilots were assigned to Rebel starships.
Despite their dislike for the Empire, the Shashay still sent artists to perform in Imperial space. One of these was the cultural hero Crying Dawn Singer, who was kidnapped by Yearo Seville, a pirate who, following orders from the Empire, pretended to be a leader of the Alliance. The Empire hoped that the Shashay would reject the Alliance from that point on. The Alliance then sent a team to track Seville and rescue Crying Dawn Singer, only to discover a conspiracy among Imperial commanders. (Read more…)
Syal Antilles Fel was a famous Human actress during the days of the Galactic Empire, drawing innumerable male admirers under the stage name Wynssa Starflare. She was connected to two of the most famous starfighter pilots of the day—Soontir Fel was her husband, while Wedge Antilles was her brother—and was the mother of Galactic Emperor Jagged Fel.
Born Syal Antilles in 31 BBY, she ran away from home at age seventeen to pursue a career as an actress. As Wynssa Starflare, she found great success, becoming famous for her roles in Imperial holodramas. She began a romance with Imperial starfighter ace Soontir Fel, also a high-profile Imperial personality, and married him in 1 ABY. She gave birth to the first two of their six children, Davin and Chak, but when Fel was captured by the New Republic in late 4 ABY, Starflare disappeared with the children.
She was reunited with Fel, who had defected to the New Republic, and her brother Wedge, a noted New Republic pilot, in 5 ABY, but Fel was soon kidnapped and sent to Imperial Grand Admiral Thrawn. Thrawn convinced Fel to join his Empire of the Hand, battling the threats to galactic civilization found in the Unknown Regions. Starflare was brought to the the Empire of the Hand, where she raised Davin, Chak, Jagged, Cherith, Wynssa, and Cem, and watched Davin, Chak, and Cherith perish in the harsh struggles of the Unknown Regions. After the Empire of the Hand was absorbed by the Chiss Ascendancy, Syal Antilles Fel suffered when her son Jagged was exiled from the Ascendancy, but he went on to become the Head of State and then Emperor of the revived Galactic Empire, birthing an Imperial dynasty. (Read more…)
The Iskalloni, or Iskallons, were a sentient species of short, blue-skinned, humanoid cyborgs indigenous to the Wild Space planet of Iskadrell. Possessing a physiology that allowed their bodies to integrate foreign matter, the Iskalloni experimented with cybernetic implants, sometimes replacing entire limbs with prosthetics. An isolated civilization with a technological base fusing biotechnology with mechanical devices, they rarely came into contact with the rest of the galaxy. Since their technology produced deadly toxic waste and they did not want to risk their own lives processing it, the Iskalloni resorted to slaving raids on other species, whom they transformed into cyborgs and forced to work with the dangerous waste. Viewing Humans as inferior, the cyborgs were intent to enslave them in particular. Unable to develop safer technology by themselves, the Iskalloni also studied captured Human starships in the hopes of finding a way to build machinery that would not be so deadly to operate.
Prior to the Great Sith War, the Iskalloni were responsible for raising the Zeltron Antos Wyrick, who went on to become the infamous Mandalorian scientist "Doctor Demagol." During their first contact with the Galactic Empire, the cyborgs enslaved Imperial agents, prompting the Empire to attack Iskadrell in retaliation. Half of the planet was devastated before the Iskalloni repelled the attack, but they did not pursue the fleeing Imperials. During the reign of the New Republic, a group of Iskalloni attempted to capture a New Republic starship with the help of the outlaw Wertram Farege. Farege lured the ship into Iskalloni space, where it was boarded by the cyborgs. The Iskalloni betrayed Farege and attempted to convert him into a cyborg, but the latter managed to escape aboard the New Republic vessel along with its crew. (Read more…)
Zythmnr was a male Massassi temple priest who lived on the moon of Yavin 4 in the years leading up to the Great Sith War. Zythmnr belonged to a Massassi tribe that was descended from the followers of deceased Dark Lord of the Sith Naga Sadow, who came to Yavin 4 in 5000 BBY. After attaining a position of authority in his tribe, Zythmnr withdrew, spending twelve years in solitude. The Massassi priest emerged in 3997 BBY, when fallen Jedi Knight Exar Kun was knocked unconscious in a fight with Massassi guards in a Yavin 4 forest. Believing that Kun was someone whom they had been waiting for, Zythmnr brought a bound Kun to the structure known as the Temple of Fire, and summoned an ancient Sith wyrm to test the former Jedi's power. Taking possession of Zythmnr's powerful Sith amulets, Kun defeated the Sithspawn, winning the allegiance of Zythmnr and the other Massassi. Kun eventually learned the secrets of Sadow's Sith alchemy, discovering how to change a sentient being into a vessel of the dark side. Zythmnr was the first to volunteer for the procedure, which successfully transformed him into a Force-sensitive manifestation of the dark side. (Read more…)
Judder Page was a male Human from Corulag who throughout his life served as a commando in the Galactic Empire, Rebel Alliance, New Republic, and Galactic Alliance. He was a nondescript-looking man who could easily blend into any crowd, traits that served him well on many missions that required stealth. Page was born to a wealthy Imperial senator and spent his youth training himself in various combat techniques before being sent to the Imperial Academy. After graduating with honors, Page briefly served in the Imperial Army, but had no love for the Empire and quickly defected to the Rebellion after hearing a passionate speech given by the Rebel leader Leia Organa to the Council of Galactic Rights. In his first years as a Rebel, Page served on the ground at the Battles of Hoth and Endor. Following the latter battle, he was given command of the Katarn Commandos, and he trained them to be an irregular and independent unit that was given a great deal of freedom in completing its mission objectives.
Page led his commandos on many successful sabotage and retrieval missions throughout the early years of the New Republic, and in 8 ABY, struck at Kal'Shebbol, the fortress world of the Imperial warlord Moff Kentor Sarne. After he and his commandos took down the world's planetary shields, a New Republic task force was able to gain control of the planet. Sarne escaped with a potent new form of weapons technology, and Page organized an operation to pursue the rogue Imperial throughout the Kathol sector before he could become a serious threat to the galaxy. Although Page did not join the strike force, Sarne was defeated and his threat neutralized. The Katarn Commandos continued to serve the New Republic as an elite commando team, executing missions on planets such as Hettsk and Sarahwiee and at the Imperial Maw Installation.
When the extra-galactic Yuuzhan Vong invaded the galaxy in 25 ABY, Page accepted a naval posting within the New Republic's successor state, the Galactic Alliance. He served aboard the Memory of Ithor, but the cruiser was destroyed by the enemy and its crew taken prisoner on Selvaris. Page and Commander Pash Cracken received vital intelligence while incarcerated at the prison compound and arranged for four inmates to escape and bring it to Galactic Alliance High Command. The information helped the Alliance rescue Page, Cracken, and a score of other prisoners, and Page was soon sent on a mission to Caluula to destroy a Yuuzhan Vong war coordinator. Shortly afterward, he led the Katarn Commandos onto enemy-held Coruscant, the former New Republic capital world, and joined a team of Jedi in storming the Citadel of the Yuuzhan Vong's Supreme Overlord Shimrra. They secured the fortress and the Jedi Master Luke Skywalker killed Shimrra, bringing the war to an end. (Read more…)
Humbarine was an ecumenopolis located in the Core Worlds region of the galaxy. The capital of the heavily-industrialized Humbarine sector, the planet Humbarine was a promising hub of commerce as early as 25,000 BBY, when it became a founding member of the Galactic Republic. Prior to the outbreak of the Clone Wars in 22 BBY, the world was largely unaffected by galactic conflicts but nonetheless possessed a sector fleet of large warships for defense.
When war broke out between the Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, Humbarine was left vulnerable to Separatist attack, its defenses having been co-opted for use by the Republic Navy. The world was targeted by the Confederacy multiple times during the conflict, but it was the last of these attacks that proved most disastrous for Humbarine. As part of a campaign that targeted twenty-six Republic worlds in 20 BBY, Separatist General Grievous's attack on Humbarine culminated in an hour-long orbital bombardment that reduced the city-planet to slag and left the world—now abandoned as a lost cause by the Republic—uninhabitable.
Despite the depopulation and destruction, Humbarine was eventually resettled by the Galactic Empire at some point following the end of the Clone Wars. In the aftermath of the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY, the planet became one of numerous Imperial fortress worlds spread across the Empire's shrinking territory. By 25 ABY, Humbarine possessed a population of ten to 100 million sentient beings, and largely managed to stay out of further galactic affairs. (Read more…)
Eshkar Niin was a male Iktotchi and a member of the Imperial Knights, a Force-using Order loyal to Emperor Roan Fel of the Galactic Empire. Niin became a Master within the Order and the instructor of Antares Draco, to whom he taught strategy and philosophy while training the Human in the ways of the Force. Niin later abandoned his vows as an Imperial Knight and deserted the Order. He attacked the Empress Elliah Fel and killed her, but was subsequently defeated by Draco, who had been sent to kill him by the Emperor. Draco believed Niin to be dead, but the Iktotchi survived and joined Darth Krayt's Sith Order, becoming the Sith Inquisitor Darth Havok.
Krayt's Empire seized control of the galaxy from Fel in 130 ABY, and seven years later, a group of Sith took Fel's daughter Marasiah captive and brought her to the galactic capital of Coruscant. From there, Havok took her to the Sith planet Korriban and began torturing her, hoping to learn valuable secrets of her father's. In between interrogation sessions, Draco arrived on a mission to rescue her and remained on-world to buy her time as she escaped the planet. Havok confronted his former student and defeated him in a lightsaber duel before taking him prisoner deep in the planet's dungeons. Havok inflicted agonizing torture on Draco in an effort to learn Imperial secrets, and eventually used Draco's love for Marasiah to prompt the prisoner to reveal the existence of a Jedi Hidden Temple on Taivas. (Read more…)
The Zygerrians were a sentient species of red-haired Near-Humans native of the planet Zygerria. Members of the species were medium-sized, standing 1.7 meters tall on average and weighing around sixty kilograms. The Zygerrians were distinguished by their pointed ears and a number of bony spurs on their face. The species was well-known for its long history of violence, war, and slavery, which they viewed as a natural order of life. This contributed to the fact that the Zygerrians were regarded somewhat primitive, but at the same time feared across the galaxy. The founders of the Zygerrian Slavers Guild, the Zygerrians conducted slaving operations in the Outer Rim Territories for centuries before the Clone Wars. At one point, the species was crushed by the Jedi Order, but they eventually recovered.
During the Clone Wars, the Zygerrians allied with the Confederacy of Independent Systems led by Count Dooku in hopes of expanding their slaver empire. The Confederacy supplied them with the captured Togruta population of the planet Kiros, whom the Zygerrians hoped to sell at an auction. However, misunderstandings between Dooku and the Zygerrian Queen Miraj Scintel led to Scintel's death, while the Togruta were rescued by the Jedi Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. During the reign of the Galactic Empire, the Zygerrian slaving business thrived, since slavery was permitted by the Imperial Decree A-SL-4557.607.232. The Zygerrians kept close ties with the Empire, supplying it with slaves and receiving discounts on slaver permits in exchange. Due to the nature of their business, though, the Zygerrians also became targets for Rebel privateers, bounty hunters and other spacers. (Read more…)
Squalrises were a species of sentient, yellow-skinned humanoids indigenous to the planet Ifmix VI in the Colonies region. The Squalris anatomy was characterized by a corpulent frame, bristly hair garnishing the face, and a rounded crest running the length of the skull. The quest for fortune and social standing was the driving factor in the Squalris psyche. This led Squalrises to become formidable businessbeings and dealmakers. The species had a natural proclivity for charisma and sociability, which aided such deals. They tended to prefer ostentatious attire that marked the wearer's wealth and status.
Ifmix VI became part of the galactic community in the earliest days of the Galactic Republic, and the blazing of the Perlemian Trade Route in the region allowed Squalris merchants to spread beyond the Ifmix system to ply their trade. One such merchant was Sanglui, who opened an import–export business on Vorzyd V in the Outer Rim Territories. With the outbreak of the Galactic Civil War, Sanglui joined the Alliance to Restore the Republic and secretly used his prominent position to aid the Rebellion against the Galactic Empire. (Read more…)
The Verpine priest known only as "Pera" was a clergyman of the Sacred Way religion who lived on Aduba-3. Working from the House of a Higher Power in Tun Aduban, Pera set about trying to convert the local spacers to the Sacred Way, to little avail. Although he was able to sway several individuals to his cause, Pera was largely left to his own devices by the populace of Tun Aduban. His maintenance of Spacer's Hill, an informal burial ground for spacers who happened to be killed in Tun Aduban, earned him respect within the township. When confronted, however, Pera proved to be a skilled combatant, wielding a spade as a makeshift weapon.
In 0 ABY, Pera's way of life was jeopardized. A cyborg spacer had been killed, and although the Verpine felt that the deceased still possessed a soul, his outlook was not shared by the other spacers of Tun Aduban, who were insulted at the prospect of a cyborg being interred within their sacred ground. Pera was attacked by a mob of angry spacers, but was rescued by newcomers Han Solo and Chewbacca. The pair agreed to take the cyborg up the hill themselves for a reward, and were able to do so, but not before fighting off more incensed spacers, with the aid of Pera. Eventually, the cyborg was successfully laid to rest at Spacer's Hill. (Read more…)
The Lialic II was a Corellian Engineering Corporation CR90 corvette in service to the Galactic Empire. Assigned to the Kathol Sector Imperial Fleet, the Lialic II was commanded by Captain Rolf Treidum. In 4 ABY, following the death of Emperor Palpatine at the Battle of Endor, the Kathol sector's Moff, Kentor Sarne, withdrew his sector from the Empire. The Lialic II ended its service to the Empire and became part of Sarne's forces. In 8 ABY, the New Republic liberated the Kathol sector capital of Kal'Shebbol, forcing Sarne to flee into the Kathol Outback. The Lialic II was part of the fleet of ships that accompanied Sarne on his retreat. After learning that the New Republic had tasked the corvette FarStar to hunt him down, Sarne ordered Treidum to take the Lialic II on detached duty to slow their progress. Rechristening the ship as the Lance of Endor, Treidum posed as a New Republic vessel and intimidated worlds throughout the Outback, turning public opinion against the New Republic and denying the FarStar potential allies.
During the course of its mission, Treidum used the Lialic II to turn the Kathol Republic against the FarStar, destroying and damaging several of the Republic's naval vessels and leaving the New Republic corvette to face the blame for the Imperial ship's actions. After several months, the Lialic II engaged the FarStar in direct combat during a battle over the planet Danoor. Despite being supported by an Imperial-class Star Destroyer, the Lialic II was destroyed during the battle when it was rammed by an Aing-Tii Sanhedrim ship, which had responded to a call for help from the FarStar's allies, the Danoor Resistance. (Read more…)
Syndor was a male Sith who served as the captain of the frigate Winged Dagger in the Lost Tribe of Sith's armada. In 44 ABY he was under the command of High Lord Sarasu Taalon, who had allied with Jedi Grand Master Luke Skywalker for a mission to defeat the dark side being Abeloth—although the Sith actually intended to betray Skywalker and force Abeloth to serve them. During the mission, Syndor's command of the ship was transferred by Taalon to the Sith Leeha Faal, whom he gave orders to raid a sacred fountain on Klatooine—orders which Faal relayed to the frigate Starstalker to carry out.
The raid was successful, but both vessels were captured by the Hutts, who were bound to protect the fountain. Because the Winged Dagger had not actually assisted in the assault, however, Syndor, Faal, and the rest of the ship's crew were allowed to go free. The fleet eventually proceeded to Abeloth's planet in the Maw, where Skywalker, Faal, Taalon, and Saber Gavar Khai separated their minds from their bodies to travel beyond shadows in hopes of locating Abeloth. Faal died there, however, and aboard the Winged Dagger, her brain activity ceased. Sumar reported the turn of events to Syndor, who was then reinstated by default as commander of the vessel. He ordered the crew to remove Faal from life support and await further orders from Taalon. The Sith and Jedi eventually found Abeloth, but the Sith's betrayal failed and Skywalker defeated the dark side entity. The Sith fleet was then ordered to leave the planet. (Read more…)
Col Serra, a Human male, was a smuggler who operated during the Galactic Civil War and was an old friend of another smuggler, Han Solo. After the Battle of Yavin, Serra was asked by Solo, who had joined the Rebel Alliance, to assemble a new unit of trained soldiers for the Rebellion. Serra scoured the galaxy, recruiting a ragtag bunch of scoundrels, pirates, bounty hunters, and other outlaws, forming Renegade Squadron in the process. Serra himself became the commander of the new unit. The Renegades first saw action during the evacuation of the Rebel base on Yavin 4, where they acted as a cover for the retreating Rebel troops, who fled from the invading forces of the Galactic Empire. During the battle, Serra was assisted by the Force-sensitive clone trooper X2, and the two of them managed to take down an Imperial-class Star Destroyer by destroying its reactor core. Following the evacuation, Serra and Renegade Squadron helped Commander Ackbar to find a suitable location for a new Rebel base. Once it was established on the planet Boz Pity, though, the Rebels had to escape again, as the Empire had followed them to the planet.
When the Alliance had finally settled on Hoth, Serra and Renegade Squadron began carrying out constant strikes against the Empire. They attacked an Imperial starship repair facility on Rori, and an Imperial weapons depot on Naboo. During the latter mission, Serra and his men uncovered evidence about a new Imperial superweapon, the superlaser-equipped Star Destroyer Conqueror. Serra and Renegade Squadron undertook a daring mission to the Mustafar system to destroy the Conqueror and successfully carried out their objective despite the intervention of the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader himself. When the Empire finally discovered Echo Base on Hoth in 3 ABY, Serra and the Renegades once again assumed the role of a rearguard for the Rebel evacuation, planting explosives throughout the base and escaping in the last moment before its destruction.
One year later, Serra's squadron played a crucial role in both the run-up to the Battle of Endor and the battle itself, during which they assisted Solo's strike team in destroying the shield generator bunker that projected the deflector shield protecting the second Imperial Death Star. On Endor, Serra once again teamed up with X2, and together they helped Rebel ground and space forces, sabotaging the Imperial communications network and taking down shields of enemy Star Destroyers. After the battle was won by the Alliance, Serra and his men disbanded Renegade Squadron, returning to their underworld activities. Many years later, Serra was located by the Jedi archivist Tionne, who was compiling a record on Renegade Squadron. Serra then told her about his and his squadron's role in the Rebellion's fight against the Empire. (Read more…)
Darth Glovoc was a male humanoid Sith Lord who served the Sith Empire during the Jedi Civil War. In the final years of the conflict, Glovoc led several highly successful campaigns against the Galactic Republic. Although considered a brilliant commander, he was also believed to be somewhat insane, spending the majority of his free time in deep meditation and taking on the self-proclaimed title of "Lord of the Mind's Eye."
Following the end of the Jedi Civil War and Darth Malak's death at the hands of the redeemed Revan, Glovoc abandoned the Sith to seek out the planet Nyriaan based on a vision he had experienced during his meditation. However, upon their arrival at the distant planet, Glovoc's forces were attacked by a Republic strike force. In the ensuing battle, Glovoc's flagship, the Dying Sun, was badly damaged and crash-landed on Nyriaan. Glovoc and several crewmembers survived but were stranded on the planet. The Sith Lord placed himself in stasis inside an oubliette, and awakened roughly every hundred years to take stock of his people. Over the years the remaining Sith survivors eked out an existence on Nyriaan, and came to worship Glovoc's imprisoned form as their god. In 132 ABY, Galactic Emperor Darth Krayt heard rumors of the Dying Sun's final resting place and dispatched an agent to investigate Nyriaan; after the Sith descendants' encounter with him, they decided to move Glovoc's sleeping form to a more secluded location. (Read more…)
Utoxx Prentioch was a vain and ambitious Imperial Moff who became a warlord shortly after the Battle of Endor and commanded a short-lived breakaway regime. Prentioch was the Moff of the Sombure sector in the last years of Galactic Emperor Palpatine's reign, and when he learned of Palpatine's demise at the Battle of Endor, he began consolidating his personal power in the sector. Within months, Prentioch was acting independently of the Galactic Empire's rulers and ruling the Sombure sector in his own name. Using old surveys and treaties purporting to demonstrate a larger Sombure sector as a pretext, Prentioch began invading neighboring sectors to expand his control, believing he could come to rule the entire Empire.
Prentioch, however, became bogged down in warfare with a fellow warlord, Moff Eyrgen, over the control of the Wornal sector, and Prentioch's Dominion never became very large. The New Republic marginalized and ignored it during its drive into the Core Worlds, and Prentioch's war with Eyrgen sapped his resources. In 6 ABY, Prentioch failed in his attempt to gain the planet Kaal's foodstuff exports to supply his forces, and later that year the New Republic defeated and captured him in the siege of Bomis Koori, bringing his rule and his domain to an end. (Read more…)
The Muza were a sentient species native to the planet Muzara, in the Expansion Region. The Muza were large, strong beings with massive overbites and scoop-like teeth. Their forearms were highly muscular. They descended from ruminants and established themselves as the dominant lifeform on their homeworld through the extermination of all large predators there. The species' religious beliefs revered certain areas of their world as sacred and shunned others as unholy. The ruins of Kabus-Dabeh, for instance, were regarded as the former home of an ancient and evil people. As nomadic clansmen, the Muza had no sense of individual property or territory.
In 4000 BBY, Humans from the Brentaal League colonized Muzara and established farms, which angered the Muza. As the dispute between the two species reached the cusp of outright war, a Human Jedi Knight named Keval Raffaan arrived on Muzara and offered to negotiate a peace. The Muza agreed to allow him to attempt to do so—provided he prove his mettle by retrieving a skuhm-hide bag from the ruins of Kabus-Dabeh. The Jedi passed this test, and the Muza honored the truce he negotiated between them and the settlers. Other Jedi helped the Muza overcome a predatory creature that had snatched up members of their species and a group of Dark Jedi who sought to overrun Muzara with a Sith artifact hidden in the Kabus-Dabeh ruins. (Read more…)
The Dlarit estate was the Thyferran home of the Dlarit family, who were made wealthy and powerful through their dealings with the Xucphra Corporation. The multi-floor mansion was owned by Aerin Dlarit and was the childhood home of his daughter Erisi Dlarit, future Rogue Squadron pilot and spy for Imperial Intelligence Director Ysanne Isard. The multi-floor mansion was located in a remote spot among Thyferran rainforests on a small knoll at the foot of high mountains that had once been part of an extinct volcano. Waterfalls cascading down the mountains behind the Dlarit estate gave it the visual appearance of a paradise. Almost all travel to the remote mansion took place by airspeeder, and the estate was protected by an elaborate security system that included Tritracker Air Defense battery laser cannons, sensor arrays, and patrols of Human guards.
During the Bacta War, in 7 ABY, the Dlarit estate was raided by a group of mercenaries led by Elscol Loro and Sixtus Quin, who planned to assassinate Aerin Dlarit due to his high-profile position as a general with the Thyferran Home Defense Corps. The mercenaries successfully infiltrated the estate by exploiting a weakness among the sensor arrays on the mansion's mountain side. However, at the suggestion of Iella Wessiri, a former New Republic agent assisting Loro's group, they decided to publicly humiliate Aerin rather than kill him. (Read more…)
Saadoon-Kauldi was a Force-sensitive Kadri'Ra slave who was freed by members of the Twi'lek Badawzi family. Out of gratitude, Saadoon-Kauldi became an indentured servant to the Badawzis, and he eventually parted from them on good terms. He then became a crime lord dealing with spice and formed his own criminal empire. During his career as a criminal, Saadoon-Kauldi used his resources to free as many slaves as he could. Due to this, many former slaves became willing followers of Saadoon-Kauldi, increasing his power and influence. However, many slaver guilds opposed him and lobbied to put a bounty on his head. After several assassination attempts, Saadoon-Kauldi grew increasingly paranoid. Using the Caelli-Merced Syndicate as a front, Abdi-Badawzi, a Twi'lek crime lord operating in the Socorro system, offered Saadoon-Kauldi the bulk cruiser Merkel in hopes of convincing the Kadri'Ra to move to Socorro and become his business partner. Saadoon-Kauldi accepted and moved into the Merkel in orbit over Neftali. He rarely left the ship, even though he was surrounded by allies such as the Black Bha'lir and the Socorran Navy.
Settled over Neftali, Saadoon-Kauldi made money through front companies and deals with local criminals. He helped his associates in moments of need and always showed respect for them. He was in turn widely respected both inside and outside of the Socorro system. Saadoon-Kauldi also began providing weapons to the Alliance to Restore the Republic when the Galactic Empire sponsored the decimation of the Kadri'Ra on Arapia. As the Empire was trying discredit the Kadri'Ra language, Saadoon-Kauldi refused to speak in any other language. He also tried to recruit the young pirate Drake Paulsen, but Paulsen decided to join the Black Bha'lir instead. Later, Paulsen and his allies, including the smugglers Thaddeus Ross and Tait Ransom, became wanted by the Empire for the murder of the Twi'lek Izzat. Because they were members of one of Saadoon-Kauldi's allies, the Black Bha'lir, the Kadri'Ra offered to lodge and protect Ross and Ransom. (Read more…)
The Zhug brothers were a group of Duros bounty hunters led by Azanti and Dezanti Zhug, consisting of hundreds of individuals bound together by their shared cause—taking control the planet Duro. This "family," as they considered themselves, was cast out from the Duro after committing violent acts against a politically-connected rival family. After settling on the moon Nar Shaddaa, the Zhug brothers started earning credits by collecting bounties. They plotted to eventually take over their former homeworld of Duro.
During the Dark Wars in 3951 BBY, when local Exchange crime lord G0-T0 placed a bounty on the former Jedi Knight known as the Jedi Exile, the Zhug brothers were eager to pursue the Jedi, a task that was eventually devastating to them. When the Jedi Exile and her companions arrived on Nar Shaddaa, G0-T0 instructed the bounty hunters not to touch her while she was on the moon. After the Exile was trapped and imprisoned by G0-T0's forces, the hunters considered the truce finished and began their hunt for her. Three of the Zhug brothers, including their leader Azanti Zhug, pursued the Exile's companions on the landing pad of their freighter, the Ebon Hawk, and all three Zhugs were killed during an exchange of fire. Soon after, eight Zhug brothers attacked the Jedi in the Visionary, where G0-T0 had brought her, with a similar outcome. Eventually, another Zhug leader, Dezanti Zhug, followed the Exile to Onderon's moon, Dxun, where they fought for the last time, leading to the death of the three Zhug brothers there. (Read more…)
The Mantis Syndicate, or Mantis Bounty Hunter Syndicate, was a corporation of bounty hunters and one of the houses belonging to the Bounty Hunters' Guild. Officially specializing in hunting big groups of criminals such as swoop gangs or pirate organizations, the Mantis Syndicate gathered great numbers of hunters in battalions of military units to carry out assignments. Detractors considered the Mantis Syndicate to be a company of mercenaries.
The Mantis Syndicate was active from at least 10 BBY. During the Galactic Civil War, the Mantis Syndicate was owned and managed by Lady Marina Mantis. By then, the Mantis Syndicate worked mostly as a private army for Imperial Governor High Lord Jaris Affric of the Sarin sector, although the Syndicate also reached the Revkinn and Socorro systems. By the end of the war, Affric had suffered a loss of income, and the Mantis Syndicate terminated its working relationship with him. Lady Mantis then made deals with other customers, including the New Republic and Provisional Governor Valis Lorn of Andasala. (Read more…)
The Gados were a species of sentient humanoids with slender, fur-covered bodies. They had elongated necks and lanky limbs, and their heads featured only two large eyes and a pair of protruding incisors. Gados internal organs ran like ribbons throughout their bodies. This arrangement meant that any injury a Gados sustained was potentially critical, with the loss of an appendage almost certainly fatal. The species was incredibly nimble; they were known throughout the galaxy for their gymnastic skills, an ability made famous by the Leaping Tee group of acrobats who toured with the Alsakan Circo-Menagerie.
The Gados were indigenous to the planet Abregado-rae in the Abregado system of the Core Worlds. They developed a simple society independent of their homeworld's other native sentients, the Moochers, and the galactic community largely left them to their own devices for millennia. However, their world's relative obscurity and its location at the head of the Rimma Trade Route made it an ideal staging area for pirates, smugglers, and other scoundrels. Gados were known as highly amenable, overlooking major eccentricities and breaches of protocol, tolerance that encouraged immigrants from the galactic fringe to come to Abregado-rae, and the ever-amiable Gados welcomed them and learned the secrets of galactic technology. Over time, the Gados abandoned most aspects of their native culture, including the Gados language. As their culture became congruent with the galactic standard, they assimilated into the amalgamated culture of the alien inhabitants of Abregado-rae.
After the rise of the New Republic, a multi-species oligarchy known as the Tundei regime took control of Abregado-rae's government and instigated strict new laws that challenged the longstanding frontier nature of the world. Although the Tundei tried to shift the planet's economy from criminal endeavors to manufacturing, conditions on the world worsened, and the Gados suffered. Especially heinous were new punishments for crimes, such as amputations and executions—which, to the Gados, were essentially the same thing. Nevertheless, some Gados supported the Tundei, working as spies. (Read more…)
Netus was a Human male politician who served in the Galactic Republic government during the Great Sith War. After a five-year term in the Republic rocket-jumper corps, Netus devoted his life to politics, successfully running for a position within the Galactic Senate. By 3998 BBY, he had been appointed to the Republic's lofty position of Minister of Defense. That year, Netus received a message from Jedi Knight Ulic Qel-Droma, who had requested military aid in a struggle with the Naddist Sith cult on Onderon. Netus called for a meeting of the Defense Committee to determine whether or not to send in their forces, and the group was swayed into action after a speech by Jedi Master Thon. Two years later, Netus and the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic met with a group of Jedi headed by Master Vodo-Siosk Baas on Coruscant to discuss recent raids on Republic shipyards. After it was discovered that Ulic Qel-Droma was behind the attacks, a fleet led by Qel-Droma attacked the Republic capital. Although most of the Republic Navy had been massed at Kemplex IX to defend against a raid that turned out to be a ruse, Netus and the Jedi were able to fight off the attack and capture Qel-Droma. (Read more…)
Or Die Trying is a short story written by Sean Williams and Shane Dix that was published in the seventy-fifth issue of Star Wars Insider, released in May 2004. In 2003, Williams and Dix had written the Force Heretic Trilogy, three volumes of The New Jedi Order book series, and Or Die Trying was set between the trilogy's second and third installments. The two originally had no plans to write any tie-in stories to Force Heretic, but after The New Jedi Order wrapped up its line of novels at the end of 2003, they were contracted to write an additional story that fell within the series' scope.
The six-page story builds on the continuity of Force Heretic and features the Jedi Knight Jaina Solo infiltrating the headquarters of Onadax Droid Technologies on the planet Onadax. The company has manufactured a Human replica droid that betrayed the citizens of Bakura, and Solo hopes to bring them to justice for the crimes that their clients commit. She confronts an HRD named Stanton Rendar and engages in a discussion with him regarding the moral implications of immortality and near-invincibility, but ultimately remains firm in her convictions and prepares to apprehend him. Rendar looses a group of battle droids on her, however, setting the compound to self-destruct and fleeing the planet. Solo defeats the droids and escapes with her life.
Or Die Trying was also published in the fifty-ninth issue of Star Wars Magazine UK, and later went on to be archived online as part of StarWars.com's Hyperspace fan club. It featured numerous references to existing Star Wars stories, but its own events have yet to be referenced in any Star Wars work published since. Stanton Rendar's HRD has, however, been mentioned in several sourcebooks. (Read more…)
Anson Trask was a Human male stormtrooper in the Galactic Empire during the Second Imperial Civil War. Following in his father's footsteps, he joined the 407th Stormtrooper Division, where he was assigned to Joker Squad. Shortly after completing his training, he fought in the Battle of Borosk against forces loyal to former Galactic Emperor Roan Fel. After the battle, Darth Maleval executed Joker Squad's commanding officer, Lieutenant Gil Cassel, and Trask killed the Sith Lord to protect his comrades.
Only Trask and Sergeant Ran Harkas remained in Joker Squad following the events on Borosk, but the unit was soon rebuilt, and Trask was promoted to corporal. Joker Squad was later sent to Ossus to find a group of Jedi hiding on the planet. As Trask's group searched the lower levels of the Ossus Jedi Academy, the Jedi Shado Vao used a mind trick to convince Trask to abandon the search and return to his Star Destroyer. Joker Squad was later assigned to the First Sith Imperial Strikeforce and was tasked with killing any survivors of Darth Azard's orbital bombardment of Da Soocha's moon Napdu, an act of retaliation for harboring refugees from the recent genocide of the Mon Calamari. In 138 ABY, Joker Squad took part in an attack on the Jedi Hidden Temple on the planet Taivas. When Harkas was killed during the battle, Trask rallied the surviving members of the unit and continued the attack. (Read more…)
Falon Grey was a male Human Jedi who lived in the waning years of the Galactic Republic. A Padawan of Jedi Master Rahm Kota, Grey was badly injured on one occasion, prompting Kota to request aid from the Kaminoans. They healed Grey, but also took a sample of his DNA without his permission to do so. From the sample, the Kaminoans produced two clones, X1 and X2, though neither the clones nor Grey were aware of each other's existence. Eventually, Grey became a Jedi Knight, and when the Great Jedi Purge began, he hid among farmers in a village on Dantooine. He was eventually discovered by the Galactic Empire, and an invasion force led by X1 and X2, who were serving as Imperial stormtroopers, was sent to kill him and the villagers who sheltered him. X2, however, defected from the Empire and joined Grey, helping him to fight off the Imperials for some time.
As Grey and X2 attempted to evacuate the villagers off-planet, they were confronted by X1 and his men, who killed all the farmers and wounded X2. Easily incapacitating the other stormtroopers, Grey engaged X1 in battle; he defeated his clone but refused to kill him, hoping to guide him to the light. X1, however, remained loyal to the Empire and shot Grey with his blaster. Leaving Grey and X2 to die, X1 and his forces left the planet, but Grey managed to heal X2 before dying himself, and the latter survived. X2 went on to become a Jedi Master in the New Jedi Order, and he defeated X1, who had proclaimed himself a Sith Lord and sought to conquer the galaxy. X2 commemorated Grey's memory by naming his squadron in Grey's honor. (Read more…)
Darth Malak was a Human male who reigned as a Dark Lord of the Sith during the Jedi Civil War. Before becoming a Sith Lord, Alek was born on the planet Quelii in the Outer Rim Territories. When the Mandalorians attacked his homeworld, he escaped the battle and fled to the Galactic Republic, whose immigration records assigned the name of his home village as his surname. He was trained in the ways of the Force by the Jedi Order, and was nicknamed Squint by his fellow Jedi, before eventually becoming a Jedi Knight. During the Mandalorian Wars, Alek, Revan—his closest friend and fellow Jedi Knight—and their faction of Jedi disobeyed the Jedi Council and aided the Republic's war effort through scouting missions in the Outer Rim. He befriended the Jedi Padawan Zayne Carrick and, after taking the name "Malak" in order to avoid an arrest warrant issued by the Council, assisted Carrick in defeating the secretive Jedi Covenant. As the war progressed, Malak became a military general and gained a reputation as a headstrong warrior who recklessly charged into danger. Malak and Revan ultimately defeated the Mandalorians in the war's final battle at Malachor V, and pursued the surviving Mandalorians into the Unknown Regions. However, the two Jedi encountered the Sith Emperor of the reconstituted remnants of the ancient Sith Empire and fell to the dark side of the Force under his tutelage, becoming Sith Lords.
The newly christened Darth Malak and Darth Revan were given a mission by the Sith Emperor to find the Star Forge, an ancient Rakatan space station, which would help to destroy the Jedi Order and the Republic. Malak helped Revan track down the Star Maps that led to the Star Forge and, after finding the superweapon above Rakata Prime, Revan assumed the mantle of Dark Lord of the Sith, with Malak becoming his Sith apprentice. A year after their disappearance from known Republic space, the two founded their own Sith Empire, returned to the Republic, and declared war, determined to end the Jedi Order's supposed tyranny. At one point during the conflict that became known as the Jedi Civil War, Malak's entire jaw was removed by a lightsaber strike from Darth Revan, forcing him to wear a large metal prosthesis. A short time later, after the Jedi dispatched a strike team to capture Revan and Malak, the latter betrayed his Sith Master, ordering the guns of his flagship to fire on Revan's vessel. Convinced that his Master had died, Malak usurped Revan's mantle of Dark Lord and ruled the Empire unchallenged, brutally conquering territory after territory and taking the fallen Jedi Darth Bandon as his Shadow Hand.
It was not long until Malak was proven wrong about his beliefs regarding Revan's death. The following year, after destroying the planet Taris and razing the Jedi Enclave on Dantooine, Malak intercepted Jedi Knight Bastila Shan and an amnesiac Revan, whose memories as the Dark Lord had been replaced with an identity loyal to the Republic by the Jedi Council. After Malak revealed to Revan his former identity as the Dark Lord, Shan allowed herself to be captured by Malak so that Revan could escape. Malak corrupted Shan, whom he had once considered a threat, and convinced her to become his apprentice, replacing Darth Bandon, whom Revan and his companions had previously killed. Now assisted by Shan's battle meditation, Malak considered his Sith Empire to be invincible. However, when the Republic fleet attacked the Star Forge, Revan—a redeemed and retrained Jedi—boarded the ancient superweapon and confronted Malak in a lightsaber duel that resulted in the Dark Lord's death. With that, Malak's reign as the Dark Lord ended, and the Republic eventually emerged victorious from the Jedi Civil War. (Read more…)
Zona Luka was a female Vultan Jedi Knight who was active during the Great Sith War. She was trained in the Jedi ways by the respected Jedi Master Dominus, who considered Luka his dearest student. In 3996 BBY, Luka and a group of fellow Knights were visited on the library-world of Ossus by the Jedi Exar Kun, who claimed to be the keeper of Force knowledge forbidden by the Jedi Masters. Intrigued, Luka and the other Jedi agreed to join Kun on a journey to reveal the lost secrets of the Force. They traveled in Kun's starship, Starstorm One, to the dark side–tainted moon of Yavin 4, and Luka and the others were led to the base of a large temple by Kun. There, Kun revealed his true intentions when he shattered a Sith holocron and released the dark side spirits trapped within, which possessed Luka and the other Jedi Knights. Kun, in reality the Dark Lord of the Sith, commanded Luka and the Jedi team—now subjects of the dark side—to kill their former Masters. Luka tracked Dominus to his home and struck him down after a brief lightsaber duel; however, the dying Dominus mustered enough strength to kill the Vultan Jedi through an exertion of the Force. (Read more…)
Merillion Tarko was a male Human baron hailing from the Core World of Anaxes. Coming from a family that possessed ties to the Galactic Republic's government and military, he attended the Anaxes Citadel, from which he graduated with the highest honors. When the Clone Wars broke out between the Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, Tarko was quickly assigned to a Republic flagship. By the conclusion of the war and the birth of the Galactic Empire, he had embarked on a fast rise to positions of power.
With the assistance of Governor Wilhuff Tarkin, Tarko ascended to the rank of Moff and assumed control of Imperial operations on the planet Cato Neimoidia. He established his headquarters in the bridge city of Tarko-se, which he had renamed after himself. The Baron profited greatly from his ventures on the Neimoidian purse world, which included the operation of casinos and the management of a successful slave trade. Using his new-found wealth, Tarko constructed a for-sport-and-profit gladiatorial arena on Cato Neimoidia.
The Rebel Alliance eventually learned of the Baron's slaving activities, and Jedi General Rahm Kota launched an unsanctioned assassination attempt on Tarko during a Rebel reconnaissance of Cato Neimoidia. Kota was captured during the mission and forced to compete for seven straight days in the gladiatorial stadium. Word of Kota's capture eventually reached Starkiller, a clone of the Sith Lord Darth Vader's former apprentice who had fought alongside Kota. Starkiller traveled to Cato Neimoidia to rescue the General, confronting Tarko in the process and defeating the majority of his forces spread throughout Tarko-se. As a last-ditch effort, Tarko released the massive Gorog to deal with both Jedi, but the plan backfired when the Gorog broke free from the arena and devoured the Baron. (Read more…)
The Second Duel in the Iron Citadel was a lightsaber battle that occurred late in the year 3997 BBY between two fallen Jedi: the power-thirsty Exar Kun and the headstrong Ulic Qel-Droma. The duel took place in the Tetan capital city of Cinnagar, in the Iron Citadel of the dark side Krath cult. Qel-Droma, who had just recently engaged and killed the Krath leader Satal Keto, was given an ancient Sith amulet by Satal's cousin, Aleema, and was also taken as Aleema's joint partner in leadership of the Krath. Unbeknownst to them, a Dark Jedi named Exar Kun had learned of their existence from the spirit of Freedon Nadd, an ancient Dark Lord of the Sith, who had also given Kun an amulet for himself. Seeing the Krath as a potential hindrance to his vision of a new Sith Empire, Kun traveled to Empress Teta and touched down in the planet's capital city. Guided by the Force to their location, Kun stormed the Iron Citadel and confronted Qel-Droma.
What followed was a brief but heated duel, with neither combatant able to best the other. As they battled, however, the amulets in each man's possession reacted to one another and began to resonate with dark side energies. The energies in turn summoned the spirit of an ancient Dark Lord named Marka Ragnos, who ended the duel and, after a brief proclamation, bestowed upon Kun the title of Dark Lord of the Sith and named Qel-Droma his foremost Sith apprentice. (Read more…)
The planet Bakura was home to the namana, a species of tall, straight-trunked tree that was pale yellow in color. In addition to copious foliage and colorful blossoms, the tree produced a fruit. From this fruit, the Bakurans produced and exported products such as namana liquor and namana candies. These refined products were slightly addictive, stimulating the pleasure centers in Human brains. Namana-based exports became a major part of the Bakuran economy. In the wild, namana trees attracted both birds and cratsch; the latter was an arboreal predator that fed on namana-satiated birds.
In 4 ABY, Bakura was invaded by the Ssi-ruu species. In order to combat the invaders, the Imperial leadership on Bakura agreed to a truce with the Alliance to Restore the Republic; this temporary peace was sealed with a handshake over goblets of namana nectar. The Bakurans later named a starship class, the Namana-class light cruiser, after the species. Several namana trees also grew on the planet Garqi, in a section of its Pesktda Xenobotanical Garden, which was dedicated to exotic offworld species. These trees were burnt down by Jedi during the Yuuzhan Vong War in an attempt to hide from the Yuuzhan Vong the discovery that Vonduun crab armor was allergic to pollen from bafforr trees, which also grew in the garden. (Read more…)
The Omega Frost was a superweapon designed by Doctor Silas Tagge of the Tagge Company and implemented by the Galactic Empire in a failed attempt to destroy the Alliance Fleet. The Omega Frost was devised to flash-freeze any moisture-containing object—including a living being—that happened to be positioned between two strategically placed conductor towers; material frozen by the weapon, even metal, subsequently shattered. As almost every substance in the galaxy contained some degree of moisture, the weapon could be utilized in any environment, including the vacuum of space.
In 0 ABY, Baron Orman Tagge, head of the House of Tagge and brother to Silas Tagge, moved forward with the Omega Frost's production. Establishing a testing facility in the Jundland Wastes on arid Tatooine, the Baron and his brother oversaw a successful trial of the weapon's effects within the planet's deserts; even under the intense heat of the system's twin suns, the landscape—and everything on it—froze. With the testing complete, the Tagge brothers departed Tatooine for the Feriae system, where they prepared to use the weapon to destroy the Alliance Fleet. The Imperials had not been the only ones to observe the Tatooine demonstration, however; Rebels Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca had almost fallen victim to the Omega Frost themselves and vowed to uncover the Tagges' plans.
The Tagges planned to unleash the Omega Frost on the unsuspecting Alliance Fleet within the Feswe Corridor, using more advanced conductor towers to generate the weapon and flash-freeze the Rebel ships. Skywalker attempted to destroy one of the towers before the Rebel Fleet could fall into the trap, prompting Doctor Tagge to prematurely activate the Omega Frost. The Alliance forces narrowly avoided the effective band of the weapon before Skywalker destroyed the tower and stopped the Omega Frost's generation. With the weapon inactive, the Rebel ships proceeded through the Feswe asteroid corridor unmolested, taking the opportunity to destroy the Tagges' Mining Explorer and an Imperial battlecruiser. The engagement put an end to the Omega Frost, though a conceptual cousin, the Metal-Crystal Phase Shifter, survived into the time of the New Republic and the Galactic Alliance. (Read more…)
Goethar Kleej was a male Gotal who was kidnapped by Crucible slavers around the time of the Mandalorian Wars to compete in swoopdueling matches for the Franchise entertainment firm. Despite having his sensory cones severed by his abductors, Kleej performed well in training, and by 3963 BBY, he had won the Solo Aerials four times in succession. At the end of his fourth victory, he tried to tell the event's spectators about the slaving operations behind the Franchise, but a harmless pre-recorded speech was played over his words. The operator of the events, a Krish named Bardron, assaulted Kleej for attempting to expose the Franchise, but he later made an offer of retirement to Kleej provided that the Gotal and his son, Aubin, won the forthcoming Tandem Open event. Aubin was hindered by his inability to filter electromagnetic signals received through his cones, so he would be unlikely to progress without help. As Kleej would not be in the same round as his son until the final round, he intimidated fellow competitor Zayne Carrick into protecting Aubin. Father and son both advanced to the final round, where Carrick, now wanting to help Kleej, set in action a plan for them to escape. Deliberately crashing out of the arena, the Gotals were then smuggled out of the venue in a trash bin. Upon reaching the safety of the planet below, Kleej saw that one of Carrick's companions had been a Crucible slaver and fled with his son. (Read more…)
A mission to the Maw was undertaken by a joint alliance of Jedi and Sith in 44 ABY. The Jedi hoped to stop the dark side being Abeloth from continuing to cause a mysterious psychosis among several of the Jedi Order's Jedi Knights, while the Sith, who pretended to have the goal of protecting their apprentices from the psychosis, secretly planned to force Abeloth to join them and then kill the Jedi. Shortly after the alliance was formed, Jedi Grand Master Luke Skywalker suggested that the allied forces wait for the help of his friend, Lando Calrissian, who owned an asteroid tug which they could use for navigation in the Maw. The Sith agreed, and the fleet decided to wait at Klatooine, where the Sith's leader, High Lord Sarasu Taalon, discovered the sacred Fountain of Ancients and became obsessed with it. During the stopover, the Force-sensitive Dyon Stadd, who had accompanied the Jedi, succumbed to the psychosis. Luke's son, Ben, along with the Sith Vestara Khai, managed to help capture Stadd, who was sedated and placed aboard the Skywalkers' ship.
The allies left Klatooine to await Calrissian just outside the Maw, and Taalon left two frigates behind to wait for Calrissian in case something went wrong, although their actual intent was to take wintrium samples from the Fountain. Their raid went poorly, however, and one frigate was captured. Its crew was put on trial by the recently arrived Calrissian and Jedi Knight Jaina Solo and condemned to death. Calrissian, Solo, and the other frigate then met up with the rest of the fleet and entered the Maw. After they discovered that the space station Sinkhole Station had been destroyed, the allies traveled to Abeloth's planet, where Taalon, Luke, Sith Saber Gavar Khai, and Captain Leeha Faal walked beyond shadows. They failed to locate Abeloth, but Vestara placed a homing beacon on Stadd—who, being under Abeloth's influence, knew where to find her—and set him free, allowing the allies to track him to Abeloth. She attempted in vain to convince Luke that she was his former lover, Callista, and the strike team attacked her.
In orbit, Solo found the Meditation Sphere Ship—who was also under Abeloth's control—and attacked the Sphere in her StealthX. Shortly into the battle the Sith betrayed the Jedi—Gavar attacked Luke, and the rest of the Sith created a control web to capture Abeloth. Ben intervened and dueled Gavar, which allowed Luke to fight Abeloth while the other Sith tried to capture her. Abeloth suddenly scattered them with a Force blast and fled; the Jedi and Sith recovered quickly and ran after her. Luke found her first and, despite another attempt of hers to trick him, stabbed her in the chest, which apparently resulted in her death. Ship suddenly fled the planet, and the psychosis that had affected Jedi throughout the galaxy was terminated. The Jedi and Sith then agreed to repair their alliance, ordering Calrissian, Solo, and the entire Sith flotilla to leave while Taalon, the Skywalkers, and the Khais remained to investigate further into Abeloth. They soon discovered that Abeloth had actually switched bodies with Stadd, and was still alive. Although their alliance was dissolved, the Sith and Jedi chased Abeloth to the moon Pydyr, and again confronted her. (Read more…)
Zannah, known as "Rain" during her childhood, was a Human female from the planet Somov Rit. She was recruited to fight for the Jedi's Army of Light during the Ruusan campaign of the New Sith Wars but, after arriving on Ruusan, was separated from the group during a Sith attack and presumed dead. Unbeknownst to the Jedi, she had been saved and befriended by a member of the native Bouncer species called Laa. When the Brotherhood of Darkness later unleashed a planet-wide Force storm, Rain survived by instinctively enveloping herself and Laa with a bubble of Force energy. Not long afterward, the young girl watched as Laa was haplessly killed by Jedi scouts. Stricken with anger and grief, she unwittingly gave in to the dark side and murdered the Jedi. Her display of rage attracted the attention of the war's only surviving Dark Lord, Darth Bane, who decided to take her as his apprentice. Rain cast away the handle of her youth and instead embraced her birth name, becoming Darth Zannah.
Zannah's preliminary Force training took place on the planet Ambria and involved the study of ancient Sith magic. In her tutelage under Darth Bane, Zannah executed a variety of missions designed to incite anarchist movements throughout the Galactic Republic, including manipulating the terrorist Anti-Republic Liberation Front into a botched assassination attempt on former Supreme Chancellor Tarsus Valorum. From Hetton, the ARLF's leader, Zannah also recovered information regarding the creation of holocrons, a secret highly sought by her Master, who later killed Hetton after Zannah tricked him into an attack on the Dark Lord. When the parasites that comprised Bane's body armor began to cause him concern, Zannah was tasked with infiltrating the Jedi Temple archives on Coruscant to obtain information about the creatures. Her mission complete, Zannah was surprised to encounter her cousin Darovit, who confessed that he had exposed her presence to the Jedi. Zannah fled Coruscant with him and met Darth Bane on Tython, where the Sith prepared to battle the pursuant Jedi. Despite their numbers, all of the Jedi were slain, although Bane was grievously wounded and on the brink of dying. Zannah returned with her Master to Ambria and demanded on threat of death that the local healer save the Dark Lord, which he agreed to do only after Zannah revealed the Sith presence on Ambria to the Jedi. She betrayed and killed the healer upon completion of the procedure and also used her power to drive Darovit mad. The respondent Jedi assumed that he was the Sith Lord they sought and killed him, effectively convincing the Jedi of the Sith's final eradication. With no surviving witnesses, the existence of Darth Zannah and her Master remained safely anonymous.
The Sith relocated to Ciutric IV, and over the course of ten years, Zannah grew to be an accomplished Sith sorceress who equaled Darth Bane in strength. When she failed to confront him for the position of Dark Lord, Bane believed she lacked initiative. However, Zannah had already begun to contemplate his demise. On a mission to Doan, she learned of a Dark Jedi named Set Harth and enlisted the reluctant young man as her apprentice. Zannah returned with him to Ciutric IV to confront her own Master, only to find that Bane had been captured by the Doan Royal Guard. She then returned to Doan, where she infiltrated the place of Bane's imprisonment. She located Bane and fought him, but their duel ended in a draw when both were forced to flee the prison. Soon after, Bane, who had taken the Iktotchi Darth Cognus as his new apprentice, called Zannah to meet him on Ambria, where they dueled for the final time. Zannah was initially overwhelmed by her Master's attacks, but she was able to use her sorcery to injure him. As a last resort, Bane attempted to transfer his essence into her body, but was defeated when Zannah's spirit condemned his to the void of the dark side. Zannah then took Darth Cognus as her apprentice and continued Bane's legacy as Dark Lord of the Sith. (Read more…)
The Tocoyans were a sentient species indigenous to the desert world of Tocoya, in the Ktilac Regions of the Inner Rim. Each member of the species had a hairless, domed head, a humanoid torso, two arms, and wrinkled skin. The head sported two enormous, pointed ears, two small eyes, and a curved snout. This muzzle ended in a gaping mouth with four white teeth.
As one of the three member species of the Ktilac Regions, the Tocoyans shared a common culture with their galactic neighbors—the Ktilacs and the Murachaun. Each of these species controlled sixty-three systems within their region of the galaxy. The Tocoyans also shared their comrades' beliefs in the sanctity of the Ktilac Regions; any Tocoyan found abroad was thus understood to be a religious apostate, unable to ever return. Nevertheless, some members of the species did make their way in the greater galaxy. For example, Neb Dulo visited the court of the Hutt crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure sometime during the Galactic Civil War. (Read more…)
Legacy 23: Loyalties, Part 1 is the twenty-third issue of the comic series Star Wars: Legacy. 30,346 copies of it were released to comic shops worldwide on May 7, 2008. The events within its pages conclude an existing Legacy storyline, while simultaneously kicking off several others. Several principal characters begin to move toward where they would eventually end up at the beginning of Star Wars: Legacy: Vector, the final chapter of a crossover event that ran through all four Star Wars comic series being published in 2008. Vector's story concluded within Legacy in the final four months of the year.
Loyalties, Part 1 sees the bounty hunter Cade Skywalker and a group of his allies storm the vessel Crimson Axe on Socorro in order to retrieve the starship Grinning Liar from the pirate Rav. After successfully obtaining it, Skywalker travels to Iego in his own ship, the Mynock, in order to visit his uncle "Bantha" Rawk, but is pursued by a masked stranger named Azlyn Rae. Meanwhile, Rav solidifies an alliance with the Sith Darth Maladi, and the deposed Galactic Emperor Roan Fel prepares to send several Imperial Knights on a mission to pursue Skywalker. His daughter Marasiah speaks with fellow Imperial Knight Antares Draco, and the two discuss their feelings for one another.
Loyalties, Part 1 was Dark Horse Comics' third-highest selling comic in May 2008, and received generally positive feedback across the internet following its release. The storylines and characters that it introduced went on to play large roles in later issues of Legacy, including in Vector's finale, which saw Azlyn Rae and several other characters aid in the apparent death of the Sith Lord Darth Krayt, Legacy's primary antagonist. (Read more…)
A sentient species inhabited a planet in the Red Nebula, an area of space that was separate from the main body of the galaxy. They were humanoid beings who resembled Humans with pink or pale skin and large, pointed ears. Members of the species were deeply religious, and followed a faith centered on a pair of gems known as the Great Life Jewels. According to the species' legends, the jewels came to their world during an awesome cataclysm that created the Red Nebula and forced it to drift away from the galaxy, taking their homeworld with it. The gems, the legend claimed, shielded a valley on their planet from the destruction wrought by the nebula on other celestial bodies within it. However, rather than unifying the species' culture, the belief split them into rival factions. One side, represented by an order of crimson-robed priests, considered the Great Life Gems a boon to civilization and thus venerated the stones. Their rivals, however, believed that the gems had thwarted fate, and kept the species alive when it should have been destroyed. The nihilist group was eventually cast off the planet and forced to roam the galaxy as exiles.
In 1 ABY, the outcast faction, under the leadership of Klysk, kidnapped scoundrels from the galactic fringe to mount a raid on the temple where the gems were kept. Klysk hoped to steal the jewels and destroy them, thus hastening what his faction believed to be the species' true destiny: extinction. One of their abductees was the Human smuggler Han Solo, who managed to pilfer the jewels from the temple and then con Klysk into taking a sackful of rocks into the system's sun instead of the jewels. Two years later, Domina Tagge led a mission to the world to steal the gems in a bid to spread a plague to the Alliance to Restore the Republic and the Galactic Empire. She razed the species' main city and removed the gems. (Read more…)
Gavyn Sykes was a Human male native of Naboo who served as a lieutenant in the Royal Naboo Security Forces during the Trade Federation's invasion of the planet in 32 BBY. He, alongside his commanding officer, Captain Kael, organized a resistance group against the Federation's battle droid army. Allying themselves with the influential smuggler Borvo the Hutt, Sykes and his comrades performed daring raids on the enemy territory, liberating a number of Naboo citizens from Federation mining camps. Borvo, however, betrayed the resistance, killing Kael and enslaving the Naboo people. Sykes avenged his fallen superior, liberating the Naboo and forcing Borvo to retreat to Nal Hutta. After Kael's death, Sykes briefly assumed a leadership position in his resistance cell and performed a successful raid on the Federation Camp Four, freeing its prisoners.
Sykes later played a crucial role in Queen Padmé Amidala's effort to retake the planet. He participated in the diversionary assault on the occupied capital city of Theed and later joined the space battle over Naboo as a member of Bravo Squadron, single-handedly taking down tractor beam generators and deflector shields protecting one of the hangar arms of the droid control ship. This allowed the young Force-sensitive Anakin Skywalker to fly his starfighter into the ship's inner structure and destroy it from within, thus deactivating the Federation's battle droids on the planet. Sykes continued to serve the Royal Naboo Security Forces for many more years and, becoming a captain during the Clone Wars. During the Galactic Civil War, Sykes was assigned to the smuggling patrol, serving as a watchman in the city of Keren, while his nemesis, Borvo, returned to Naboo and settled in Moenia. During this time, Sykes employed a spacer to help him take down a Gungan smuggling gang that worked for Borvo and attempted to smuggle animal carcasses infected with a dangerous Berserker Virus to Corellia, where Borvo had hoped to develop a bioweapon. (Read more…)
Peter Cushing (May 26, 1913–August 11, 1994) was an English actor best known for his roles in the Hammer Studios horror films of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, as well as his performance as Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin in Star Wars (1977). Spanning over six decades, his acting career included appearances in more than 100 films, as well as many television, stage and radio roles. Born in Kenley, Surrey, Cushing made his stage debut in 1935 and spent three years at a repertory theater before moving to Hollywood to pursue a film career.
After making his motion picture debut in the 1939 film The Man in the Iron Mask, Cushing began to find modest success in American films before returning to England at the outbreak of World War II. Despite performing in a string of roles, including one as Osric in Laurence Olivier's film adaptation of Hamlet (1948), Cushing struggled greatly to find work during this period and began to consider himself a failure. His career was revitalized once he started to work in live television plays, and he soon became one of the most recognizable faces in British television. He earned particular acclaim for his lead performance in a 1954 adaptation of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. Cushing gained worldwide fame for his appearances in twenty-two horror films by the independent Hammer Studios, particularly for his role as Baron Victor Frankenstein in their six Frankenstein films, and Dr. Van Helsing in five Dracula films. Cushing often starred alongside actor Christopher Lee, who became one of his closest friends.
Cushing appeared in several other Hammer Studios films, including The Abominable Snowman, The Mummy and The Hound of the Baskervilles, the latter of which marked the first of many times he portrayed the famous detective Sherlock Holmes throughout his career. Cushing continued to perform a variety of roles, although he was often typecast as a horror film actor. He gained the highest amount of visibility in his career in 1977, when he appeared as Grand Moff Tarkin in the first Star Wars film. Director George Lucas wanted a particularly strong actor for the part and Cushing was his first choice, although the actor claimed he was initially approached to play the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. Cushing continued acting into his later years, until his death in 1994 due to prostate cancer. He wrote two autobiographies and was fiercely devoted to his wife of twenty-eight years, Helen Cushing, who died in 1971. (Read more…)
Odile Vaiken was a Human male alive during the Great Hyperspace War and its aftermath. Vaiken grew up within the borders of the original Sith Empire and was, like other citizens, a loyal servant of his Sith overlords. The Great Hyperspace War between the Empire and the Galactic Republic ended badly for the Sith, and their subjects were forced to flee their homes to escape retribution from enemy forces. The young Vaiken joined his fellow countrymen in a massive exodus from their decimated capital of Korriban, led by a reclusive Sith Lord. After wandering the stars for twenty years, the migrant fleet that carried the Sith expatriates happened upon Dromund Kaas, a forgotten Sith colony world.
After the Sith Lord leading the exodus chose Dromund Kaas to be their new homeworld and proclaimed himself the new Emperor of his people, Vaiken dedicated himself to helping build the new Imperial society. Vaiken was instrumental in establishing order among the Empire's non-Force-sensitive subjects through the creation of the new Imperial Military, which comprised an expertly-trained army and a technologically advanced navy. Vaiken's contributions to the ascendant government earned him the recognition of the Emperor and the governing Dark Council, who named him the first Grand Moff of the Empire. Vaiken was later killed during a campaign to defeat an alien species in deep space, but his military legacy remained intact for over a millennium. (Read more…)
CC-5869, nicknamed "Stone," was a clone trooper commander in the Grand Army of the Republic's Coruscant Guard during the Clone Wars. Around 21 BBY, Stone, together with some of his Coruscant Guard clone troopers, the Gran Senator Kharrus, and the Gungan Representative Jar Jar Binks, were sent to the planet Florrum. The Republic group was to deliver a ransom in the form of spice to Weequay pirate leader Hondo Ohnaka, who had captured the Sith Lord Count Dooku. However, they were betrayed by some of the pirates, and their shuttle was shot down over Florrum, where the pirate base was located. The impact of the crash killed the shuttle's two pilots and Kharrus, leaving Binks as the highest ranking military officer. Although the group was attacked by the pirates and initially lost the ransom, Binks, Stone, and their men chased the pirates down and retrieved the spice by killing nearly all the pirates in a blasterfight. When they reached the pirate base by following some energy lines, Dooku had already escaped. Stone, his squad, and Binks, along with Jedi Generals Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi—who had also been captured by the pirates—left Florrum in the Twilight, the Jedi's ship. (Read more…)
In 44 ABY, a duel took place at the Pool of Knowledge, a Force nexus on Abeloth's planet. After they fought and apparently killed the dark side entity Abeloth, the Sith Sarasu Taalon, Gavar Khai, and Vestara Khai, along with their Jedi allies Luke and Ben Skywalker, discovered that Abeloth had actually survived. In the ensuing search for her, they were led by the Meditation Sphere Ship to the Pool of Knowledge. There, Ben glimpsed the Sith homeworld, and Gavar, suspecting betrayal, moved to attack. Luke Force-pushed Gavar as Taalon glimpsed a Jedi queen on a throne in the Pool and, fearing that she would prevent the Sith's rise to power, dove in.
Gavar fired Force lightning at Luke, but Ben drove him back with blasterfire before Vestara engaged the younger Jedi in combat. Luke attacked Taalon and Vestara after Taalon reemerged from the Pool, and Gavar threw his parang at Ben, using the Force to guide the blade in between the Jedi's ribs. Gavar then moved to attack Luke, but the Jedi threw him into Taalon and Vestara, and cut off Gavar's weapon-arm. After being repelled with Force lightning, Luke fled the grotto with Ben and collapsed the entrance behind them. The Sith then beat Vestara and sent her to the Jedi—making it appear as though she had fled their punishment—to find out more about the Jedi queen. Meanwhile, Taalon began to transform into the same type of being as Abeloth, and the Jedi tracked Abeloth to the moon Pydyr, where the Sith again joined them in confronting her. (Read more…)
Rorworr, born in 49 BBY, was a male Wookiee who lived on Naboo with his father, an ambassador. With help from his translator droid TD0-2, Rorworr studied at the Royal House of Learning in Naboo's capital city, Theed, and often explored the wilderness areas surrounding the city. The Wookiee had a penchant for adventure, and assisted the Jedi Rann I-Kanu with the investigation and defeat of a group of veermok smugglers.
In 32 BBY, Rorworr helped defend Naboo during the planet's invasion by Trade Federation forces, serving as a member of the Naboo Underground, freeing several military and civilian prisoners, and helping Queen Amidala's forces infiltrate Theed undetected. During the battle itself, the Wookiee assisted in diverting enemy troops from Amidala's forces, defeated a Vulture droid in Theed's Palace Plaza, and intercepted a counterfeit treaty forged by the Trade Federation.
After the battle, Rorworr continued to serve the people of Naboo by helping to defeat a leader of dissident civilians and establishing a colony on Naboo's largest moon, Ohma-D'un. Rorworr later became an agent of the Galactic Republic and served Supreme Chancellor Palpatine and the Jedi Council as a scout in a variety of missions until the end of the Clone Wars.
After the formation of the Galactic Empire, the Wookiee served as an agent and pilot for the Rebellion, gunrunning and gathering military intelligence. After intercepting Imperial High Inquisitor Volytar at the Battle of Skorrupon, Rorworr became known among the Rebellion as one of the Heroes of Skorrupon. Once the New Republic was founded, however, Rorworr left military service to become an independent explorer and an adventurer. He made a name for himself as he contested the exploitation of wilderness planets and their native species. (Read more…)
Bilars were one of the few examples of a true group mind in the galaxy. Evolved from small, vegetarian primates on the tectonically active but highly fertile planet Mima II, each member of the species was a hairless, pink creature with large, dark eyes, a short muzzle, and two rounded ears. An individual Bilar was unintelligent, but the species had the ability to pool the knowledge and consciousnesses of groups of Bilars who shared a special bond with one another, creating conglomerations known as a claqas. Thus, a pair of Bilars collectively was as intelligent as a trained domestic animal, but a group of four achieved true sentience. The group mind developed shortly after the birth of those Bilars born nearby and within a few minutes of each other. The group mind depended on single Bilars sharing thoughts through pheromones, physical and visual contact, and telepathy. Larger claqas grew progressively smarter, with seven-member groups achieving genius-level intellects. Claqas with more than ten members were rare, and claqas generally referred to themselves as a single individual and went by a single name. Separation of any of the constituent Bilars resulted in a temporary loss of intelligence, and the death of a Bilar sent his or her claqa into a deep depression, sometimes leading to catatonia or the death of the whole.
The plant life of Mima II was so lush that it provided the Bilars with a comfortable and carefree existence. Claqas of five or more members preferred to live in urban environments situated in stable fields on the planet, and the species had access to mass production and other advanced technology. However, the goods they had to offer were of little interest to outsiders. Coupled with the fact that many non-Bilars found interacting with a group mind unnerving, Bilars had limited contact with the rest of the galaxy. When they did manage to venture offworld, their generally carefree existences on Mima II left them unused to deprivation. Nevertheless, a few Bilar claqas did venture into the greater galaxy to work at occupations that made use of their ability to work together seamlessly. (Read more…)
Orlok was a Human male commander serving with the Galactic Empire and the leading Imperial authority on ground-based facilities during the height of the Galactic Civil War. By 0 ABY, shortly following the Imperial defeat at the Battle of Yavin, Orlok was assigned to command the Imperial Training Center on the remote, storm-ridden planet Daluuj. Orlok resented the position, believing himself to be worth more to the Empire than running a mere training station on such a backwater world.
The opportunity for Orlok to prove his greater value to the Empire came in 0 ABY, when several jettisoned escape pods delivered the Mon Calamari Admiral Ackbar and several Calamari agents to Daluuj following an Imperial attack while they were attempting to rendezvous with the Rebel Alliance. Orlok set out from the training fort with a convoy of three Imperial ground-skimmers carrying stormtroopers to respond to the Rebel crash site, but the commander quickly found himself in a race with the Rebels Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and the Heroes of Yavin, traveling in the Millennium Falcon, to reach Ackbar's position.
While the Rebels linked up with Ackbar first, they were beset by two giant lake worms that dragged the Millennium Falcon to the watery depths of a nearby mud lake. Solo and Skywalker set out to stall Orlok's impending arrival, while Ackbar's team worked to free the Rebel starship. In the resulting skirmish, Orlok succeeded in driving Solo and Skywalker back to the Rebel crash site, but he met his defeat when Ackbar strategically drew Orlok's ground-skimmers to the center of the lake, where the giant worms dragged Orlok and his men to the water's bottom, simultaneously releasing the Millennium Falcon. (Read more…)
The raid on the Dlarit estate, during the Bacta War, was an infiltration operation launched by the Ashern commandos and their allies against the Thyferran Home Defense Corps in 7 ABY on the planet Thyferra. The raid was planned and orchestrated by the mercenary Elscol Loro and her anti-Empire mercenary organization as a means of undermining Xucphra Corporation's Imperial-sanctioned regime on the planet.
Loro, whose organization helped resistance movements overthrow their local Imperial governments, had originally planned to infiltrate the Dlarit estate and assassinate Defense Corps General Aerin Dlarit to frighten allies of the Xucphra Corporation. Loro's ally, Iella Wessiri, voiced moral objections to the plan and convinced the mercenary that the public humiliation of Dlarit would not only be more merciful but have a stronger propaganda effect. Loro and her partner, Sixtus Quin, successfully launched the late-night raid by exploiting a weakness that they identified in the security sensor arrays placed around the estate.
Two Thyferran Home Defense Corps guards were killed during the infiltration, but Loro's team suffered no casualties. The mercenaries stunned Dlarit, stripped him naked, and took hologram images of him in his own personal office, which were quickly circulated to humiliate the Xucphran Corporation and the Defense Corps. The raid had exactly the effect that Loro and Wessiri had anticipated and proved to be a major source of embarrassment for the Defense Corps, both in the eyes of the Thyferran civilian population and their Imperial allies. (Read more…)
Azlyn Rae was a Human female who, throughout her life, was trained in the ways of the Force by both the Jedi Order and the Imperial Knights. During her childhood, she was apprenticed to the Jedi Master Rasi Tuum while training to be a Jedi on Ossus. She grew close to her classmate Cade Skywalker while at the Jedi Academy, but their relationship and her training were halted when Lord Darth Krayt's Sith Order massacred the Jedi and Krayt seized control of the galaxy. Rae survived the Jedi Purge and believed both Tuum and Skywalker to be dead, prompting her to put her past behind her and become a bounty hunter. When she was discovered by the Imperial Knights, she accepted their offer to join their ranks and complete her training. Rae swore oaths of loyalty to Emperor Roan Fel and began serving his Empire-in-exile.
Seven years after the scattering of the Jedi, Rae learned of Skywalker's survival when she was sent on an undercover mission by Fel to bring him to the Imperial fortress world of Bastion. After revealing herself to her old friend on Iego, Rae earned his trust and was brought by him to a Hidden Temple where the Jedi Order had been slowly rebuilding itself. There, she was reunited with Rasi Tuum and was ordered by her fellow Imperial Knight Marasiah Fel to accompany Skywalker on a mission to assassinate Darth Krayt. The mission led Skywalker's strike team to Had Abbadon, where they lured Krayt into a trap and managed to mortally wound him after Rae stabbed him through the chest. She herself was brought to the brink of death by Krayt's Force lightning, and Skywalker rushed her to Kiffex to be healed by his uncle Rawk.
Rae accepted her impending death and resisted all efforts to heal her, but was nevertheless placed into a suit of life-preserving armor by Rawk and his wife Droo. She reacted angrily to her predicament, lashing out at Skywalker and accusing him of selfishly keeping her alive. After returning to Bastion, she was given less constricting armor by Hogrum Chalk, the Imperial Knights' Master Armorer, and soon after accompanied her Emperor to Agamar to conduct peace talks with the Jedi. The meeting was interrupted by Sith forces, and Rae, Tuum, and Marasiah were left behind when the Imperial Knights and Jedi evacuated the planet. Marasiah was taken by the Sith, and when Rae and Tuum's efforts to rescue her failed, they returned to Bastion to relay their news to the Emperor. (Read more…)
Oron Jaeger was a Human male general who served in the Fel Empire during the Sith–Imperial War. At the end of the war, when Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Krayt overthrew Roan Fel and declared himself Emperor, Jaeger and the 501st Legion of stormtroopers feigned loyalty to Krayt's Empire but remained secretly aligned with Fel's Empire-in-exile. In 137 ABY, during the Second Imperial Civil War, Jaeger was present on the planet Bastion when Fel returned and reclaimed the Imperial stronghold, and the general welcomed the exiled Emperor to Bastion. Months later, after the Empire-in-exile formed an alliance with the Galactic Alliance Remnant led by Admiral Gar Stazi, the Sith–Imperials poisoned the planet Dac with viral spores, which completely devastated the world within a week. Jaeger assisted Stazi and his forces in the evacuation efforts on Dac, helping to save nearly 20 percent of the planet's population. (Read more…)
Teckla Minnau was a Human female who served as a handmaiden to such Naboo politicians as Senator Padmé Amidala and Queen Kylantha. Born in the city of Parrlay, Minnau attended a private school in Naboo's capital, Theed, with her half-sister, Nandi. When the Trade Federation invaded the planet and attacked Theed in 32 BBY, Minnau fled from the capital and waited out the invasion at a marsh village. Minnau and Nandi later entered into service to Senator Amidala, and in 22 BBY, they managed her family's Lake Country residence of Varykino. At the dawn of the Clone Wars later that year, Minnau was sent to Coruscant's Naboo Embassy, where she worked with Amidala's staff. While raising children in the difficulties of wartime, Minnau helped Amidala by encouraging her in her career in the Republic Senate, and she also assisted in concealing her Senator's pregnancy. Upon Amidala's death and the establishment of the New Order in 19 BBY, Minnau returned to Naboo, married a writer, and became one of Queen Kylantha's aides. (Read more…)
Dash Rendar was a Human male smuggler and freelancer. Born into a wealthy Corellian family during the final years of the Galactic Republic, he chose to pursue a career as an officer in the Imperial Navy rather than joining the family shipping business. When his parents refused to sell their business to Prince Xizor, owner of Xizor Transport Systems and leader of the Black Sun crime syndicate, the Dark Prince sabotaged a freighter flown by Rendar's older brother, Stanton, killing him as his ship crashed into the Imperial Museum. Emperor Palpatine blamed the Rendar family, exiling them from the Core Worlds and dismissing Rendar from the Imperial Academy on Carida. Fleeing to the Outer Rim Territories, Rendar gained a reputation as a hot-shot pilot, smuggler, and mercenary. His success gained him his own ship, the YT-2400 light freighter Outrider, and the services of the Cybot Galactica LE-series repair droid LE-BO2D9 as his co-pilot.
Despite his personal reasons for disliking the Empire, Rendar refused to get involved in the growing Rebellion. His motivation was profit and, though he occasionally took on work for the Rebel Alliance, he insisted on being well compensated. In 0 ABY, Rendar boarded the luxury liner Star of Empire with the intention of stealing it to sell to the Rebels. Before he could act, however, the ship's computer, an artificial intelligence known as SIM, took control of the ship itself. Rendar was one of the few passengers trapped aboard and joined forces with the Shi'ido Mammon Hoole and his adopted children, Tash and Zak Arranda, to escape the ship and defeat SIM. He later took a job escorting the famous swoop racer Kimmi Chyler, smuggling supplies for the Rebels as he traveled. His work came to the attention of both the Imperial Security Bureau and Prince Xizor but, despite multiple attempts to stop him, Rendar successfully completed several deliveries. In 3 ABY, while delivering supplies to the Alliance's Echo Base on Hoth, Rendar was trapped on the planet when the Empire attacked and helped Rogue Squadron hold off Imperial ground forces until the Rebels could evacuate, destroying an All Terrain Armored Transport in the process.
Following the Battle of Hoth, Rendar was hired by the Rebel Lando Calrissian to track down Han Solo, who had been captured by the bounty hunter Boba Fett. He eventually led Calrissian to Gall in the Zhar system, but the Rebels were unable to rescue their friend. Following this, Rendar was hired by Princess Leia Organa to watch over the young Jedi Luke Skywalker after a recent attempt on his life. After saving Skywalker from a swoop gang on Tatooine, Rendar accompanied him on a mission to recover the plans to the Empire's second Death Star battlestation from the Mobquet medium transport Suprosa. The mission was a success, but an apparent mistake by Rendar cost the lives of many Bothan pilots. Seeking to make amends, Rendar helped to rescue Organa when she was held prisoner by Xizor in his palace on Coruscant. The Outrider appeared to be destroyed while fleeing Coruscant, but Rendar merely faked his death to avoid reprisals from Black Sun and the Empire. In the following years he teamed up with the Human replica droid Guri, forming a mercenary team and eventually establishing a company to create more HRDs, including a replica of Rendar's own brother, Stanton. (Read more…)
Nera Dantels was a Human female smuggler and captain of the freighter Starduster who joined the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War. In 0 BBY, the Alliance had a critical shortage of astromech droids, and Dantels arranged to rendezvous with members of Red Squadron on Commenor to deliver a dozen R2 and R5-series astromech droids to the Rebels. The group came under attack from Imperial TIE fighters as they attempted to leave the Commenor system, but Dantels managed to take the Starduster to hyperspace and followed Red Squadron to the Rebel base on Yavin 4. While there, Dantels helped Red Squadron pilot Biggs Darklighter to find a rare plant in the jungle, an extract from which was used to treat pilot Derek Klivian, who was suffering from an unknown infection. Dantels and Darklighter began a brief relationship, but Darklighter was killed in combat against the Empire's Death Star battlestation soon after.
Seven months later, Dantels was part of a diplomatic team sent to Jabiim to negotiate an alliance with the Jabiimi Loyalists. When the Jabiimi realized that Rebel pilot Luke Skywalker was the son of Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, who had abandoned them during the Battle of Jabiim in the Clone Wars, Dantels and the other Rebels were taken into custody. Escaping during a subsequent Imperial attack on the Loyalist base, Dantels and Princess Leia Organa reached the Starduster and returned to rescue Skywalker. Unable to help the Loyalists as the Imperials began an orbital bombardment of the planet, Dantels and the other Rebels were forced to flee. Two months after the Jabiim mission, Dantels joined Dagger Squadron in a raid to rescue a Rebel team that had been stranded on the Imperial refueling and supply depot Bannistar Station. (Read more…)
The Talorons were a species of sentient, blue-skinned humanoids native to the Wild Space Taloron system. For much of their existence, the Talorons were peaceful farmers and merchants. However, when pirate groups set up operations in the Taloron system and began preying upon its peaceful denizens, the Talorons were forced to regroup and militarize, lest they be wiped out completely from the predations. The resulting war, the Taloron Pirate Conflict, completely reshaped Taloron society and birthed the infamous Taloron Hunters, distinguished by their trademark armor.
Once the Talorons had driven the pirates from their system, many members of the species turned their strong reverence for law and order toward careers as bounty hunters and assassins. During the Galactic Civil War, members of the species split their loyalties: the Taloron Hunter known as Crutag, for example, supported the Galactic Empire and pursued bounties on members of the Rebel Alliance, while the Hunter known as Korgath supported the Rebels as a member of the Special Operations Scandium Team. Another Taloron, known by the alias "Blue" Imcrix, smuggled spice after the rise of the New Republic. The Talorons had access to starship technology and manufactured the craft known as the Taloron Prey Chaser. (Read more…)
A duel between the Sith Master Darth Bane and his apprentice, Darth Zannah, took place on the planet Ambria in 980 BBY. Bane had begun to fear that Zannah was waiting to challenge him until he grew weak, violating the purpose of his Rule of Two to ensure that the apprentice took the title of Master only because the apprentice was stronger. Bane thus sought the secret of eternal life so that he could live to train another apprentice. Meanwhile, Zannah had finally made her own plans to confront Bane in an attempt to become the Master, and upon learning of his quest for eternal life, she felt as though he had betrayed his own Sith Order. She found and confronted him on the planet Doan, but the duel led to a draw. Bane found a new apprentice, the Iktotchi Darth Cognus, and messaged Zannah to come to Ambria and finish their fight. Upon Zannah's arrival, Cognus swore to serve the true master—whomever won the coming battle.
The duel began, and Bane instantly gained the upper hand, quickly forcing Zannah to give ground. She tripped while preparing to use a spell on him, and he cracked her rib before she was able to make an energy-draining escape. Zannah then attempted in vain to use sorcery to drive him insane and finally resorted to conjuring dark side tendrils from the ground. He charged her, hoping to strike her down before the tendrils hit him, but one connected with his arm and cut it off. Collapsing to the ground in pain, Bane grabbed Zannah and attempted to transfer himself into her body, using the technique he had learned in his search for eternal life. Her will was too strong, however, and after an intense mental battle she defeated him, casting his consciousness into oblivion—although part of Bane remained imprinted upon her. Zannah took from Bane the mantle of Dark Lord of the Sith and, with Cognus as her apprentice, continued the legacy of Bane's Sith Order and the Rule of Two. (Read more…)
Dathka Graush was a male Sith sorcerer who lived on the planet Korriban more than seven thousand years before the Battle of Yavin. Brutality and trepidation were the tools Graush used to defeat his enemies during one of Korriban's recurrent civil wars, the end of which saw him acclaimed king and overlord of his species. In the war's wake, Graush made use of both Sith magic and alchemy in the creation of an army of Korriban zombies, reanimated corpses bound to his will through the dark side of the Force. He also had his heart removed and replaced with a magical crystal that was imbued with the power of the Force's malevolent side. Graush's dynasty ultimately culminated with his death at the hands of assassins, and the Sith King was interred within Korriban's Valley of Golg.
Sometime between the destruction of the first Death Star and the Battle of Endor, the spirit of the long-dead Sith King was disturbed after millennia of slumber. Cronal, a dark side prophet formerly in the service of his Imperial Majesty Palpatine, forcefully sundered Graush's ghost from his Korriban grave and compelled the Sith King to reveal the most potent of his alchemical secrets. The knowledge Graush imparted to Cronal assisted the latter in the creation and manipulation of the electromagnetically-charged meltmassif crystals. (Read more…)
A thought bomb was the result of an ancient ritual that, through the focused willpower of many unified Sith Lords, unleashed the full volatility of the dark side of the Force. When detonated, a thought bomb decimated the entirety—corporeal and beyond—of every Force-sensitive being caught within its blast radius and absorbed their fragmented souls into a swirling vortex of perpetual torment that resolved into an orb of silver iridescence. While the ability to wield such destructive power originated with the ancient Sith, its existence was discovered during the Jedi Civil War by the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Revan, who recorded the secrets of its creation within his Sith holocron. Revan's repository and the thought bomb ritual therein remained hidden in a forgotten temple on the planet Lehon until it was discovered in 1000 BBY by the Sith'ari, Darth Bane, who passed the instructions for its creation on to Lord Kaan, leader of the Brotherhood of Darkness. In a desperate attempt to end the war in which they were engaged with the Jedi, the Dark Lords of Kaan's Sith Brotherhood created and detonated a thought bomb that annihilated nearly all sapient Force-sensitive life on the planet Ruusan. More than a thousand years later, the spirits of the vanquished Jedi trapped within the thought bomb were set free by the valor of a young Rebel agent named Kyle Katarn. (Read more…)
George Roubicek is an actor, as well as a dialogue director and script adaptor for English-language versions of foreign films and television shows. Roubicek portrayed Nahdonnis Praji in A New Hope, although his voice was dubbed by a different actor. Prior to that, the Austria-born actor appeared in small film roles throughout the 1950s, '60s and '70s, including parts in The Dirty Dozen (1967) and two James Bond films: You Only Live Twice (1967) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). He appeared in The Tomb of the Cybermen, a four-part Doctor Who serial, as well as two episodes of The Avengers, playing different roles each time.
Although he continued acting in small parts well into the 1990s, Roubicek's later career was more focused on dubbing foreign films and television shows into English-language productions. He directed the dubbing of previously unaired episodes of the cult Japanese series Monkey, as well as such films as Odin: Photon Sailer Starlight (1985), Asterix and the Big Fight (1989), X (1996), Roujin Z (2006) and Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest (2008). (Read more…)
"Marrt" was the nickname of a clone trooper sergeant in the Grand Army of the Republic's 182nd Legion. Around 21 BBY, during the Clone Wars, Marrt and a squad of three clone troopers—Chatter, Recon, and Knuckles—were sent to the planet Belgaroth on a reconnaissance mission to check a local Republic factory suspected of selling arms to the Confederacy of Independent Systems, the Republic's enemy in the war. The factory was operated by Czerka, a corporation specializing in weaponry. Once on Belgaroth, Marrt discovered that the head of the facility, Tarin, was secretly dealing with representative Reep Tonith of the InterGalactic Banking Clan, which was connected to the Confederacy.
During the course of the mission, Marrt's entire squad was killed by a droidbreaker, a creature indigenous to Belgaroth. The Sergeant, however, managed to take Tarin into custody, obtained valuable evidence from the facility, and then burned it to the ground. Weeks later, while he was recovering on Sacorria from the injuries he had sustained on Belgaroth, Marrt requested a Jedi Order representative to come visit him in his medical facility. When Jedi Master Kit Fisto and Padawan Ahsoka Tano arrived at the facility, Marrt handed them the evidence that he had extracted from the Czerka factory, an act that helped Fisto expose two senators who had been profiting from deals with the Confederacy. (Read more…)
Malinza Thanas was a Human female born on Bakura to Gaeriel Captison and Pter Thanas, who were respectively the planet's Prime Minister and Defense Fleet Commander. Her father passed away from Knowt's Disease when she was three years old, and her mother was killed during the Corellian Crisis two years later. Thanas was adopted by a well-placed Bakuran family and was sponsored and frequently visited by Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, who had drawn her mother into the Corellian insurrection and felt responsible for the young Thanas. She became very fond of Skywalker, but harbored a deep hatred for the New Republic, the galactic government that he had acted on behalf of. As she grew up, she developed a strong belief in the Cosmic Balance religion, and at the age of fifteen, she formed a resistance movement known as Freedom and began peacefully protesting Bakura's role in the Galactic Alliance, the New Republic's successor state. Thanas lobbied for Bakuran independence but took a firm stand against Freedom's members use of violence to get their voices heard due to her fear of backlash from the Cosmic Balance. She was nevertheless arrested on charges of disturbing the peace and conspiracy, and was brought to a prison in Salis D'aar, Bakura's capital city.
Several members of Skywalker's family came to Bakura at the time of Thanas's arrest, and when his niece Jaina Solo visited her in prison, Bakuran authorities engineered her escape in order to follow the two of them to Freedom's headquarters. As security officials closed in on them, Thanas and her closest friends fled and appealed to Bakura's Deputy Prime Minister Blaine Harris, who had been covertly funding their organization, for help. However, he planned to kill Thanas and to use her status as a martyr to unite Bakura behind him as he seized power within the government. Harris brought Thanas, Solo, and Vyram, another member of Freedom, to a stadium where Bakura's new allies, the P'w'eck Emancipation Movement, were performing a Consecration Ceremony to signal the beginning of the partnership. The ceremony was in fact a ruse organized to allow the expansionist Ssi-ruuvi Imperium, who had enslaved the P'w'eck, to attempt to invade Bakura, and Thanas and her friends fled from the invaders into tunnels beneath the stadium after they escaped from Harris's clutches. Several Ssi-ruuk warriors followed them, but were subdued by P'w'eck who began to actually revolt. The mutiny curtailed the invasion, and Thanas and Vyram were subsequently hired by the Bakuran government to trace a trail of credits that had been laundered offworld. The investigation was an effort to both expose senatorial corruption and to demonstrate the good intentions of Freedom to a skeptical public. (Read more…)
The Revwiens were a sentient, plant-like species. Their bodies were cylindrical and mounted atop several strong, prehensile leaves, which were used both for locomotion and manipulation of objects. A cluster of tiny budstalks connected a round, clear seedcase to the top of the body. Revwiens came in a variety of colors, including blue, green, orange, purple, red, and yellow. Their striated leaves ranged from dark green to purplish-black.
The Revwiens were indigenous to Revyia, a planet on the northern edge of the Outer Rim Territories. Their homeworld was covered in jungle and plains, and the Revwiens came to revere the jungle belt as sacred. They developed a philosophy known as the Tyia, which emphasized spiritual unity between individuals. Adherents of the Tyia developed the ability to manipulate the Force. Revwien society was organized into small autonomous, semi-nomadic groups. Their technological innovation centered around plants, which they used for myriad purposes.
Revyia received only light traffic due to its isolation and attracted little trade. Following the execution of many Jedi by the Galactic Empire during Order 66 at the end of the Clone Wars, many Revwien Tyia left their homeworld to aid any fugitive Jedi they could track down. The Tyia was one of the few Force-sensitive organizations that openly operated during this time, although most Revwiens avoided conflict with the Empire. From then onward, Revwiens made their way to such diverse locations as Fornax Station, Harix, and Tatooine. During the Galactic Civil War, the Revwien Wuwuhuul joined the Alliance to Restore the Republic and participated in a mission to the planet Goratak III. (Read more…)
Doctor Thalleus Tharn was a highly-decorated Bith scholar, brain surgeon, and xenopsychiatrist, who served as the chairman of xenopsychiatric medicine at the Greater Coruscant University. In 44 ABY, during the government-sanctioned siege of the Jedi Temple, Doctor Tharn's professional opinion was regarded by Galactic Alliance Chief of State Natasi Daala for the determination of the mental status of two Jedi Knights, Sothais Saar and Turi Altamik, both of whom had recently suffered from and been cured of a Force-induced psychosis. Through a preliminary field examination, Doctor Tharn attested to the restored cognitive stability of both Saar and Altamik, which ultimately prompted Chief Daala to lift the Temple siege. (Read more…)
The Coruscant Security Force (CSF), also known as the Coruscant Police Force or Coruscant Security, was a police/paramilitary force during the reigns of the Galactic Republic, the Galactic Empire, the New Republic, and the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances. It was in charge of maintaining law and order on the galactic capital planet of Coruscant. Its duties included regular patrols of Galactic City, criminal investigations, counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence operations, crowd control, diplomatic protection, maintaining the world's skylanes, and, in some cases, the military defense of Coruscant. The CSF was commanded by the CSF Senior Command and was headquartered at the Coruscant Security Force Divisional Headquarters. Though staffed mostly by sentient police officers, droids were used as well, including police droids, police probes, and crime scene investigation droids. Major crimes were investigated by detectives, although high-ranking officers could also investigate such crimes. Specialized units included the SWAT unit, the Anti-Terrorism Unit, the Organized Crime Unit, Traffic Control, and the Forensics Unit. The CSF utilized VAAT/e ships and CSF assault ships as rapid troop deployment platforms, and Coruscant police speeders and police BARC speeders were often used as patrol and pursuit airspeeders. If at times officers felt they could be entering a dangerous area, they could receive an escort by a police cruiser backup unit.
During the time of the Galactic Republic, the CSF was assisted by the Senate Guards—who served as a secondary police force for Coruscant—and the Jedi Order. During the Clone Wars, the CSF was supported by clone commandos and the clone shock troopers of the Coruscant Guard. When Order 66 was issued, the CSF assisted in hunting down Jedi, although many CSF officers were privately resentful of Emperor Palpatine and his New Order. Some officers turned a blind eye when spotting Jedi, and in the following years others spied for the Rebel Alliance. Under the Empire, the Coruscant Guard took over the primary responsibility of Coruscant's security. The CSF acted in a support capacity to the Guard and was staffed by stormtroopers as well as regular police officers. Also during this time, CSF overseers held the rank of Moff, and many of the Moffs shared their officers' resistance to Palpatine's rule. After the fall of the Empire, the CSF was reinstated as the primary Coruscant law enforcement agency for the New Republic. With the Battle of Coruscant during the Yuuzhan Vong War, most of the CSF was wiped out; however, it was re-established after the end of the conflict. The Second Galactic Civil War placed the CSF in the middle of the conflict between the Galactic Alliance and the Confederation. Some CSF officers were recruited into the Galactic Alliance Guard to counter Corellian terrorist activities on Coruscant. The GAG was later disbanded following the death of the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Caedus. After the Civil War, the CSF continued to serve as Coruscant's police force. (Read more…)