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Zeerid Korr, also known as Z-man, was a male Human smuggler who was a former Republic Army commando in the Havoc Squad and later joined The Exchange during the Great Galactic War and the start of the Cold War between the Republic and the Sith Empire. He fought at the Battle of Balmorra together with the Jedi Knight Aryn Leneer and they became friends. After transporting Leneer to face Darth Malgus, he left for Vulta to pick up his daughter and move to Dantooine and became a farmer, where he later was reunited with Aryn Leneer, for whom he had romantic feelings.
Soldier then smugglerEdit
Little is known about Korr's early life. However, he served as a Commando in the Republic's Havoc Squadron against the Sith Empire. He demonstrated exceptional skill as a star pilot, rivaling even Jedi pilots. During the crucial Battle of Balmorra, Korr became steadfast friends with Jedi Knight Aryn Leneer. Korr's time in the military was tragically cut short by the sudden death of his wife Val and paralysis of his daughter Arra. It was Leneer who supported Korr in his mourning. Leaving the army to attempt to provide for his now legless daughter, Korr used his skills as a soldier and pilot to become a smuggler in service to the Exchange, a criminal organization. Desperate to get enough credits to provide Arra with prostheses, or at least a hoverchair, Korr (under the pseudonym Z-Man) undertook weapons-running missions all over the Outer Rim.
Mission for the ExchangeEdit
On several occasions, these missions ended in ambush, and Korr soon found himself in massive debt to the Exchange. After a particularly disastrous mission on Ord Mantell, Korr was tasked with doing spice runs to compensate for the lost cargo. As this was happening, the Sith Empire under Darth Malgus launched a surprise attack on the Republic capital of Coruscant, destroying the Jedi Temple and probably murdering many members of the Galactic Senate, the Chancellor included. Blockading the planet, the Sith made it nearly impossible for the criminal underworld to operate on Coruscant. Because of this, the spice addicts that partook in engspice brought in from offworld would suffer from withdrawals. The Exchange offered Korr an ultimatum: if he delivered engspice to Coruscant, bypassing the Imperial blockade, then he would be cleared of his debts. If he refused, they would terminate him. Negotiating the terms of the arrangement, Korr managed to coerce the Exchange into depositing 100,000 credits into his account before his departure.
This arrangement being made, Korr journeyed to his homeworld of Vulta to finally give Arra the hoverchair he'd dreamed of buying for her. But the engspice delivery had attracted the attention of the Hutt crime lords, who were looking to become involved in the business of spice running. Dispatching a bounty hunter called Vrath Xizor, a former Imperial sniper (a skulker, as they were colloquially called by Republic soldiers), the Hutts ordered that Z-Man be terminated before the spice could arrive at Coruscant.
Reunion with a JediEdit
Korr had a surprising reunion with Aryn Leneer on Vulta just prior to his departure. Leneer, upon learning of the Sith attack and the death of her Master Ven Zallow, requested that Korr transport her to Coruscant. She was then unaware of the cargo of Fatman, Korr's starship. Making their way to the spaceport, Korr and Leneer were ambushed unexpectedly by Vrath and a group of mercenaries that accompanied him. Narrowly escaping Vulta, Korr and Leneer jumped into hyperspace. Employing cunning uncharacteristic of a smuggler, Korr arrived at Coruscant in the shadow of an Imperial transport. Attaching Fatman to the hull of the transport, Korr and Leneer nearly made it through the blockade. Vrath, however, had arrived at Coruscant and notified Darth Malgus of the imminent arrival of the smuggler, Jedi Knight, and their illegal cargo.
After being discovered, Korr boldly broke through the blockade and into the atmosphere of the city-planet. However, Malgus' cruiser Valor opened fire on Fatman, destroying it just as it broke through the atmosphere. Shielding herself and Korr using the Force, Leneer slowed their fall and allowed them to land safely on the elevated walkways of Galactic City.
A new pathEdit
Having lost the cargo of engspice, Korr devoted himself to getting back to Vulta to retrieve his daughter, then moving to Dantooine to escape the Exchange and start a new life. Along his journey and subsequent adventure into the ruined Jedi Temple with Aryn, Korr found himself infatuated with the Jedi. He tried several times to convince Aryn to abandon her quest for revenge against the Sith that murdered her Master, but to no avail. Korr identified an Imperial shuttle capable of transporting them offworld. Aryn, who opted to remain on Coruscant to confront Malgus, sent Korr with her astromech on the shuttle. Little did Korr know that the ship belonged to Vrath. After a hand-to-hand duel with the bounty hunter, Korr eventually succeeded in killing Vrath.
Aryn, who was reminded of her allegiance to the light side of the Force, fought Malgus, but was ultimately defeated. Malgus decided to spare her out of a respect he felt for the Jedi and gratitude that she had not killed his lover, a Twi'lek named Eleena. He granted her clearance to leave Coruscant, as well as Korr. Korr eventually retrieved Arra, had afforded prosthetic legs for her, and started a farm on Dantooine. Months later, after believing Aryn to be dead at Malgus' hands, he was once again reunited with her. She told him that she was staying on Dantooine with him.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived (First appearance)